An Ilfeld man will serve 12 years in prison for fatally shooting a Las Vegas man in June 2019. 

Max Lucero, 57, of 232 County Road B43B on Tuesday admitting to killing Cruz Gallegos, 27, at a home in the 1100 block of Chavez Street. Lucero entered a plea to second-degree murder in Fourth District Judicial Court, thus avoiding a jury trial scheduled for Nov. 15.

District attorney Tom Clayton said he didn’t have a motive for the killing. Lucero told investigators Gallegos had something in his hands. However, there was no evidence that he had any weapons.

The prosecution planned to present two witnesses who were at the home and saw Lucero shoot Cruz, Clayton said.

“There was an alleged beef between Gallegos and other members of the home and he (Lucero) took it upon himself to shoot him,” Clayton said. “Typically, unless they tell us, the motive many times is taken to the grave (with the defendant).”

Everyone in the home at the time of the shooting, except a female who called 911, fled by the time police arrived, according to Clayton. Video surveillance placed Lucero at the home on the night of the shooting, but did not capture any activity inside the home.

Six months after Gallegos’ murder, Lucero was arrested for allegedly having a stolen vehicle. During an interview with Las Vegas police, he admitted to shooting Gallegos.

The district attorney’s office worked closely with the Gallegos family.

“We appreciate the faith they placed in our office,” Clayton said. “Our condolences go to them for their tragic loss

As part of the agreement, Lucero cannot appeal the conviction.

“This ensures that Lucero will be held in custody for an extended period of time," Clayton said.


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