ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A top court official outlined emails and documents Friday that he says show clerks sent the probation file for a man charged in the brutal death of a 10-year-old Albuquerque girl to probation officers more than a year before the killing.
The documents, which court officials say were made available to the Corrections Department this week, indicate Fabian Gonzales’ file was emailed Feb. 25, 2015, to probation officers as part of an attachment with more than a dozen other cases.
Deputy Corrections Secretary quickly disputed the assertion in a statement that maintained the department didn’t receive the files in 2015 that should have prompted officers to monitor Gonzales.
Gonzales and two others, including the victim’s mother, have been arrested in the killing of Victoria Martens, whose death last month sent shockwaves through the state. More than a year ago, Gonzales had pleaded no contest to beating a woman in a car with a baby inside, and a judge sentenced him to two years of probation under state supervision in the case.
His probation agreement had called for him to undergo drug testing, treatment and counseling, officials said.
“As it turns out, it looks like one individual slipped through the cracks here. How that happened I do not know because the material was sent,” said James Noel, the executive officer for the Second Judicial District Court.
While he said he was confident documentation showed the court sent probation files to the Corrections Department, he withheld blame for the department over the emails.
Meanwhile, Deputy Corrections Secretary Alex Sanzhez late Friday accused Noel and the court of continuing to “finger point and blame.”
“The fact is we did not receive the email they claim to have sent,” she said.
She said the email address where Gonzales’ file was sent was supposed to only serve as an internal account for probation officers, and the department was looking into why it was used by outside groups, and the court.
Noel said the email system for sending files to probation and parole officers was developed in 2012. It was recently replaced with a more automated system.