LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3) – Victor Quijano, the man who prosecutors say stabbed and killed another man on the Las Vegas Strip last year, is taking a deal.
Quijano got off with a plea deal for a voluntary manslaughter charge that will have him serving two to five years in prison with a year’s credit.
Andres Elena's family was at first upset with how short a sentence Quijano got,
Sobs were heard in Judge David Barker's courtroom as Elena's mother made a tearful plea about her son.
Quijano's voice shook as he said the stabbing on a strip walkway last June was an accident.
Elena, 21, died from a single stab wound. The Clark County coroner said was caused by a single-edged blade.
Quijano's knife he said he threw away was double-edged.
It's not enough evidence to convict him outright, but his statement to police saying he remembered stabbing someone that night implicated him,
His attorney, Gabriel Grasso, says a jury trial would have been a gamble for his client since jurors could have found him guilty of murder.
Patricia Miller, Elena's mother, says while the plea deal sentence is not enough. She thinks he'll see justice anyhow.
“You know no matter if they gave him 100 years, or if they gave him 50 years, or 10 years, or two years or one year ... it's not going to bring my son back,” she said. “He has to see God, and God is the only judge we all have to see is him.”
This incident also had more bloodshed when an unknown gunman opened fire at Elena's funeral, trying to kill a witness of the stabbing and friend of Elena's.
No one died in the shooting. The intended target has since refused to speak with police about the stabbing incident.