Killer in 2013 Farmington mall shooting to stay in prison
State Supreme Court ruling affirms convictions
FARMINGTON — A gunman who executed a man in front of his family at a Farmington shopping mall parking lot in 2013 is staying in prison following a New Mexico Supreme Court ruling affirming convictions that include murder and child abuse by endangerment.
The court vacated one count of shooting at a motor vehicle, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced today. The court decreed that defendant Alejandro Ramirez's right to due process was not violated and that evidence submitted was sufficient to warrant his conviction.
“The Office of the Attorney General is focused on working with our law enforcement partners around the state to keep the most violent criminals in prison, and I am pleased today that Mr. Ramirez will remain in prison where he belongs,” Balderas said in a statement from his office. “My thoughts and condolences are with the Vialpando family and I am thankful for the work of District Attorney Rick Tedrow’s office and the Farmington Police Department.”
Johnny Vialpando Jr., 25, was shot nine times while sitting the passenger seat of his wife’s Dodge Durango after a roughly five-minute conversation with a man identified by multiple witnesses as Ramirez, according to The Daily Times archives and court documents. Family members testified that Ramirez went to a white Chevy Trailblazer that had the family’s vehicle blocked in and returned with a gun. The victim was shot at point-blank range.
“This act of pure evil took the life of a man right in front of his wife and three stepchildren at a place where so many of our community’s children go every day,” District Attorney Tedrow said. “I’m thankful for the work of Attorney General Balderas and his staff, and I will continue my office’s focus on taking the most dangerous, violent offenders off our streets.”
Ramirez had been sentenced to life plus 65 and a half years in prison. The state high court remanded the case back to the district court for resentencing due to the vacation of the shooting at a motor vehicle charge.