AG Balderas Secures Murder Conviction Against Man Who Shot His Wife to Death

For Immediate Release:
August 23, 2022
Contact: Jerri Mares – (505) 321-4372

ALBUQUERQUE — Today, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that Jesus Torres pled guilty to one count of second degree murder. The plea agreement was accepted by District Court Judge Emilio Chavez. Sentencing will be held at a later date, and Torres faces a sentence of up to 15 years in prison.

“Domestic violence continues to plague our state, and more resources are needed to focus on intervention before tragedies like this occur,” said Attorney General Balderas.

On January 15, 2022 the defendant went camping in Red River, N.M. with his wife. After an altercation between the two concerning their future together, Torres fired his gun multiple times at his wife, striking her several times and killing her. Family members, who were camping with Torres and his wife, witnessed the homicide.

This case was investigated by the Red River Marshal’s Office, and prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Peter J. Valencia.