A man was sentenced on Monday to 15 years in prison for having run over and killed Julia Valles, a Buenos Aires Police officer who died when she was rammed in September 2020 when he participated in a traffic control in the Buenos Aires party of Lanús.
The sentence was handed down in a caesura hearing by the Criminal Judge (TOC) 1 of Avellaneda-Lanús, Martin Pizzolo, after a jury trial in which Adrián Cristian Maldonado (30) had been found guilty on August 11 of the crime of “simple homicide”, in what was the first debate with this system that takes place in the Judicial Department of Avellaneda-Lanús.
The 15-year sentence was significantly less than what the trial prosecutors Natalia Millone and Héctor Toneguzzo had requested, who in their argument requested that Maldonado be sentenced to 25 years in prison and the declaration of recidivism,
The Valles family’s lawyer, Diego Raidan, had adhered to that request for punishment, so today he told Télam that “he would have waited a little longer.”
“Notwithstanding that, the agreement I have is that he was declared a repeat offender as this party requested, which affects the fulfillment of his sentence,” said the lawyer, who added that the convicted “He will have to serve 15 years without any benefit, so in that case, technically and legally we feel satisfied.”
“Regarding the family, there is nothing that can return absolutely nothing, but I think that a moment of greater tranquility and peace has come for all of them,” added the defender.
On your side, Maldonado’s defense had requested 8 years in prison, the minimum established for “simple homicide”.
After hearing the sentence, the mother of Juana Valles, Mónica told Télam feel “powerless” because of the sentence given to the convicted person, since “I thought it would be more years.”
“No one returns my daughter to me, the pain is very great, it is the absence of my daughter every day. It costs and they would have given her more, I think that nothing satisfies us, because the absence is daily. My mourning It’s going to be eternal,” the woman said.
As a consolation, Valles’s mother explained that “this man is not going to commit a crime again for 15 years, and he is not going to kill again. I am satisfied that he will not be able to get out of jail during that period, nor enjoy the conditional freedom”.
In turn, heThe victim’s sister, Abigail, told this agency that she had “a lot of anger at seeing your sister’s murderer there, sitting as if nothing had happened, since at no time did he even apologize for what he did, he didn’t care at all.”
“We expected more, because of Juana, we knew that reaching life is very difficult in this pious, at least 18 years should have been given to him,” the woman continued and stressed that “the good thing is that they declared him a repeat offender and he is going to having to turn 15 yes or yes. He will not be able to go out or ruin another family. “
Juana Valles was 30 years old and had a 2-and-a-half-year-old daughter at the time of the incident that occurred around 6 a.m. on September 5, 2020 at the intersection of Catamarca and General Hornos, on the border between Lanús and Lomas de Zamora. , in the south of the suburbs.
Police sources informed Télam that the woman was with three other officers while they were carrying out a control operation when she was attacked by a Gilera Smash with two occupants on board who did not respect the “stop” voice.
The victim suffered serious injuries and died a few minutes later as a result of the impact, despite the resuscitation tasks of the medical personnel who had been alerted by their colleagues. In turn, those who were on board the motorcycle, identified as Maldonado and Matías Rosales (23), suffered minor injuries.
In principle, both were apprehended at the disposal of the prosecutor Sergio Schafer, in charge of the Functional Instruction Unit (UFI) 2 decentralized in Lanús, Lomas de Zamora Judicial Department, although Rosales was finally disassociated from the case.