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Mom of slain New Mexico teen will get prison in a plea deal

November 29, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The mother of a slain New Mexico teenager has accepted a plea deal that will result in a 12-year prison sentence for child abuse resulting in death.

The Albuquerque Journal reports 36-year-old Tracy Ann Pena must testify against 20-year-old Jordan Nunez who’s awaiting trial in the case.

Nunez is the son of Pena’s former boyfriend. He’s accused of torturing 13-year-old Jeremiah Valencia daily with a homemade spear or a shock collar.

The teen was found dead in the family group’s Nambé home in November 2017.

Court documents allege Valencia died after Nunez repeatedly flipped over a dog cage that the teen was forced to stay in.

Authorities initially suspected Nunez’s father, 42-year-old Thomas Ferguson, as the one who fatally beat the boy.

Ferguson died in a jail suicide in April.

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Information from: Albuquerque Journal, http://www.abqjournal.com

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