Big Spring Murder Trial Ends With Plea Deal

Big Spring Murder Trial Ends With Plea Deal

Staff Report
KBYG News/NewsWest 9

A murder trial that began in 118th District Court Tuesday ended Wednesday morning with a plea bargain by the defendant.

Dakota Wade Anguiano was on trial for the shooting death of his 17-year-old girlfriend in Sept. 2013. Abigail Valencia was shot in the head by Anguiano, though his original statement to police said she had been shot in a drive-by incident.

The prosecution began presenting witnesses Tuesday, and then Wednesday morning, District Attorney Hardy Wilkerson was approached by the defendant's attorneys who presented him with a plea bargain to reduce the charge from murder down to manslaughter.

Wilkerson took the plea to the family of Abigail Valencia and he tells KBYG News, they decided it was what they wanted in the case.

The District Attorney then accepted the plea bargain and Dakota Wade Anguiano was given the maximum sentence for manslaughter, which is 20 years.

According to the District Attorney's Office, Anguiano will be eligible for parole in 10 years.