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Guilty plea in homicide case

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Armijo fatally stabbed man in January

By Martin Salazar

The woman accused of stabbing two men in January, one of them fatally, has reached a plea agreement in the case.

Antoinette Armijo, 39, pleaded guilty earlier this month to the most serious charges she was facing, voluntary manslaughter and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, both third-degree felonies. In exchange for her guilty plea on those charges, the 4th Judicial District Attorney’s Office has dropped two evidence tampering charges, both fourth-degree felonies.

The plea agreement was presented to the court and accepted by District Judge Gerald Baca on June 12. Under the terms of the plea agreement, Armijo will serve a total of seven years with the New Mexico Women’s Department of Corrections, though she will get credit for the 136 days she has spent behind bars awaiting trial in the case.

The stabbings occurred at an apartment complex on the 2700 block of Collins Drive in the early morning hours of Jan. 26.

Toby J. Armenta succumbed to his wounds, and his body was found on the ground in an open area next to an irrigation pond. Armijo also stabbed Steve Treiber in the neck, stomach and chest, though Treiber survived.

Armijo was arrested roughly 17 hours after the stabbings were first reported to the Las Vegas Police Department.

Authorities have said that Armijo admitted to stabbing both men, but she told police she did it to protect herself and her boyfriend. She also admitted to taking the knife from the scene. The knife was later recovered between Subway and Cocina de Rafael.

According to notes from the plea hearing, the victim’s family was on board with the plea agreement.

Anita Sandoval, Armenta’s girlfriend, and Lisa Shindler, Armenta’s mother, spoke during the plea hearing.

Shindler told the court that her son was 23 and had a lot to live for, according to notes taken during the hearing.

Sandoval told the court that Armijo took so much away from them.

Armijo wrote a letter of apology, which was read in court, according to the notes.

Under the terms of the agreement, Armijo will be sentenced to six years for the voluntary manslaughter charge, plus an additional year for being a habitual offender. She will also be sentenced to three years for the aggravated battery with a deadly weapon charge.

The plea agreement allows Armijo to serve the sentences concurrently, meaning that she will serve a total of seven years for the crimes.

As part of the plea agreement, Armijo was also given a 72-hour furlough to get her affairs in order. During that time, Armijo was under house arrest and was allowed out of her residence only for medical and dental appointments, to go to the Social Security office and for legal appointments. San Miguel County Detention Center records show that she returned to jail on June 17.

Armijo was represented by local attorney Wilma Brown. Thomas Clayton prosecuted the case.

This isn’t Armijo’s first brush with the law.

She was convicted in August 2004 of trafficking a controlled substance, a second-degree felony. That same month, she was convicted of larceny, a fourth-degree felony.