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Metro faces questions after releasing career criminal

Reported by: Gerard Ramalho
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Updated: 6/25 7:13 am

LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- A career criminal and police informant was released from custody, and within weeks arrested on murder charges.

Now Metro faces tough questions about why he was released. Raul Sparks Gonzales was released on a plea deal, even though he was facing charges that could have sent him to prison for life.

Metro says he was not working as an informant for them.

Metro said Gonzales was being vetted as an informant by a joint gang task force, which included the FBI and Metro, but he was technically not an actual informant.

The fact is, Gonzales was released and within a few weeks got a gun and committed a murder.

Gonzales is a bad character, a gang leader who had killed before, but in December, at the urging of Metro detectives, according to a document that was just unsealed, a judge ordered Gonzales released.

The names of five Metro detectives are blacked out on the document.

After his release, Gonzales reportedly killed Eric Montoya, a father of four.

In the arrest report, Gonzales claims he was working as an informant for police and the for the FBI.

The victim's attorney wants answers, including why Gonzales was released in the first place.

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