A 24-year-old northern New Mexico man faces 21 years in prison after pleading guilty in the 2011 beating death of the 3-year-old son of the man's girlfriend at the time.
Steven Gallegos of Pojoaque pleaded guilty Monday in a Santa Fe courtroom under a plea agreement that averts a trial for him in the killing of Leland Valdez.
The Albuquerque Journal reports that Gallegos pleaded guilty to child abuse resulting in death and child abuse not resulting in death.
Gallegos is to be sentenced July 29.
The boy's mother, Tabetha Van Holtz, previously pleaded guilty to child abuse and abandonment resulting in great bodily harm in her son's death.
Information from: Albuquerque Journal.
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