Silver City Woman Gets 13-Year Mental Term In Co-Worker's Death

Silver City – A Silver City woman who faced evidence that she killed a McDonald's co-worker will spend 13 years at a mental health facility in Las Vegas, N.M.

The question of whether 33-year-old June Maldonado was competent to stand trial in the Dec. 21, 2008, stabbing death of 16-year-old Javier Ramos has been at the center of the case.

Prosecutor George Zsoka told the Silver City Sun-News he was satisfied with the outcome. He says a 13-year term at the state mental hospital was the equivalent of that Maldonado could have received, had she been found competent to stand trial and convicted.

According to court documents, the New Mexico Behavioral Institute concluded Maldonado has a psychotic disorder and, if released, would present a danger to others.


Information from: Las Cruces Sun-News,

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