AZTEC, N.M. (KRQE) - The man responsible for the death of an Albuquerque Public Schools superintendent is expected to turn himself in Thursday after he was accidentally released from jail.
The mistaken release stems from a drug charge against Joe Gallegas was dismissed while a charge of vehicular homicide remained pending.
"Some employee made a ridiculous error, and assumed that that meant the whole case was dismissed, and here we are," Cosme Ripol, Gallegos's attorney, told KRQE News 13.
Gallegos is accused of killing a woman with his car last year. With a vehicular homicide charge and other charges pending the San Juan County Detention Center released him by mistake,
"Inherently individuals, companies, and even government organizations make mistakes from time to time, and as the administrator I take full responsibility for all the matters related to this facility, and I take them seriously," Tom Havel, the detention center administrator, said.
In 2003 Gallegos was convicted of vehicular homicide in Torrance County after flipping a car with his half brother Manuel Ruiz and APS Superintendent Joe Vigil inside.
Ruiz and Vigil were killed. Gallegos was sentenced to seven years in prison.
Both Ripol and Havel said Gallegos had contacted them saying he planned to turn himself in Thursday morning or by Thursday evening. As of noon Thursday there had been no sign of him.
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