Suspect in Leland Valdez death back in jail

Posted: August 31, 2011 in Uncategorized
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Steven Gallegos (Photo courtesy of the Santa Fe County jail)

Steven Gallegos, the 21-year-old who was one of two people charged in the January death of 3-year-old Leland Valdez, was arrested Wednesday in Pojoaque for an unspecified violation of the conditions of his release.

Gallegos, the ex-boyfriend of Tabetha Van Holtz, the mother charged in Valdez’s death, was served a warrant by Santa Fe County Sheriff’s deputies charging failure to comply, but could not elaborate on what the violation was.

Jail records show he was booked into jail at 3:08 p.m.

Gallegos will now have to appear before State District Judge Michael Vigil before the judge rules whether the violation was enough to revoke the man’s bond until trial or whether he can be re-released from the Santa Fe County jail.

Gallegos posted a $300,000 property bond on May 10 and was released from jail.
He and Van Holtz were indicted in April on child abuse resulting in death charges for Valdez. They have both pleaded not guilty and maintain their innocence in the case.

Here are some past blog posts from SantaFeCrime on the Leland Valdez story:

  1. Leah Garcia says:

    So much for his family putting up 300,000 in property once a screw up always a screw up and if jugde vigil let’s him go again that will be another bug mistake in this whole case when will people learn that these two have to pay for what they have done they never gave poor baby Leland a chance why should these two monsters get a chance let alone a second and third my opinion is that he should stay there until he dies or the governorn decides to bring back the death penalty so this idiot can fry

  2. I cannot believe then actually let HIM out in the first place! This just says children have NO voice here in NM! at all!! the NM law is a bunch of *&^%$#!!

    • Nicola says:

      I know him personally and He would never hurt a child! he babysat my nephews and they were never abused GRANTED he should’ve reported the abuse forshame on u for juding

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