Sentencing delayed after man pleads guilty in Planet Fitness shooting

LAS CRUCES – A judge has deferred sentencing for a Las Cruces man after he pleaded guilty to shooting a woman at a local gym in 2021.

The judge delayed Monday’s sentencing hearing, saying he needed a report from the New Mexico Department of Corrections before the hearing could continue. The judge said that as soon as he received the report, he would proceed to sentence 29-year-old Jose Daniel Chavez.

Court documents show Chavez pleaded guilty to one count of attempted first-degree murder and one count of tampering with evidence. Chavez has been in jail since police say he shot and killed a woman working the front desk at Planet Fitness on El Paseo Road on Aug. 3, 2021.

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