Woman accused in murder of former Marine turns down plea deal

Crime

BELEN, N.M. (KRQE) – The case against a woman charged with the death of a former New Mexico Marine will go to trial. Jeannine Willard and her boyfriend Francisco Gomez are accused of the 2019 murder of Matthew Gurule on the Belen mesa.


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A plea deal was offered to Willard but she turned it down. Prosecutors say on Wednesday, the plea included a cap of 18 years behind bars. She faces far more than that if she is found guilty. Her trial is set for October.

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