One of two brothers sentenced to prison in stabbing death case

Posted: June 1, 2011 in Uncategorized
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Alfred Valdez (Photo courtesy Santa Fe County jail)

One of two brothers charged in the October stabbing death of Orlando Haws pleaded guilty to second degree murder Tuesday and was sentenced to 6 years in prison.

Haws was beat and stabbed to death near St. Elizabeth shelter on Oct. 8, 2010.

Alfred Valdez, 24, didn’t get the max nine-year sentence because he has been cooperative with police and prosecutors from early in the investigation, including leading officers to the knife used to stab Haws.

That cooperation could also lead to his testifying at the yet-to-be-scheduled trial of his younger brother, Ernesto Valdez, 21. The younger brother is undergoing treatment in Las Vegas. He was ruled incompetent to stand trial, but doctors who gave him a psychological evaluation believe he is amenable to treatment and he can be treated to competency. If and when that happens is something you can’t really put a specific timetable on.

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