LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The family and friends of 22-year-old Lesly Palacio, killed in August 2020, are calling for the capture of her accused killer.
A group of people gathered at the Regional Justice Center in downtown Las Vegas on Friday for a "Peaceful Protest For Justice!"
Watch the rally below:
A Facebook page for the event says they seek the capture of Erick Rangel-Ibarra, the accused, and criminal charges against the entire Rangel family.
Rangel-Ibarra has not been arrested and authorities say he fled to Mexico. His father, Jose Rangel, is accused of helping his son load what appears to have been Palacio's body into a truck outside their home.
Rangel has pled guilty to accessory charges in Palacio's death and faces up to two years in prison.
Regarding the charges Rangel pled guilty to, the District Attorney's office's told 13 Action News:
“My office charged Mr. Rangel with all that we were able to charge him with under Nevada law. We were prepared to go to trial on this case, but Mr. Rangel chose to accept responsibility for his role in this tragedy by pleading guilty to both charges against him. This was not the result of a negotiation or plea deal,” said Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson.
“The two charges against Mr. Rangel are Destroying Evidence and Accessory to Commit Murder. Both are gross misdemeanor charges which each carry a maximum sentence of one year in jail. He is scheduled to be sentenced on August 13, 2021; at which time we will ask the judge to impose the maximum sentence allowed.”