AZTEC — An attorney for Jacob Beach requested Tuesday that the 21-year-old man's sentencing for manslaughter be delayed a second time to allow for an in-person interview at a residential treatment center in northern New Mexico.
Judge William Birdsall granted the request, though he insisted that he has not yet determined whether Beach's sentence would include in-patient treatment.
Beach was arrested in November 2012 and charged with second-degree murder in connection to the shooting of Sharolyn Keown, 18, on Nov. 5, 2012. Keown was shot to death at the Hummingbird Trailer Park after confronting Beach over unwanted sexual advances she said he made weeks before, according to a probable cause statement.
Beach reached a plea agreement on June 20 and was found guilty of voluntary manslaughter, a third-degree felony which carries a maximum sentence of six years imprisonment and $5,000 in fines. Beach has been held at the San Juan County Adult Detention Center on a $500,000 cash-only bond since the shooting. With time served, he faces about four years of incarceration.
Attorney Eric Morrow told the judge Beach will be interviewing next week at the Delancey Street Foundation's in-patient treatment center at San Juan Pueblo, also known as Ohkay Owingeh.
According to the foundation's website, the minimum stay at the 17-acre center is two years, and patients are offered academic and vocational training.
A new sentencing date has been set for Sept. 29.