Former college basketball player sentenced for murder of Mexican woman

A Mexican court sentenced former Rutgers University basketball player Logan Kelley to 22 years in prison last week for the murder 19-year-old woman. 

Brutal slashing captured by security camera

The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that Kelly pleaded guilty earlier this month to killing Isis Atalia Montoya Romero at a Tijuana brothel in February of 2021.

Surveillance video showed Kelly producing a knife from his sweatshirt and then using it to fatally slash the mother of one before throwing her to the ground. He subsequently fled the scene as a security guard gave chase.

According to the Union-Tribune, Montoya’s fellow employers later told police that they were not aware of her having had any prior interaction with her killer. Instead, they speculated that Kelly mistook her for another woman he was planning to attack.

The paper noted that Kelly was initially charged with femicide, an offense which is classified as a hate crime under Mexican law and brings a mandatory minimum of 40 years in prison.

However, prosecutors agreed to a plea arrangement under which Kelley would forgo a trial and receive a sentence of just over half that length.

What’s more, Kelley was also ordered to pay 800,000 pesos (roughly $40,000) in restitution to the extended family Montoya’s 4-year-old son.

Victim’s father angered by sentence

José Montoya is the victim’s father, and the website New Jersey Advanced Media reported that he expressed outrage over Kelley’s sentence.

“I wanted justice, but justice was not served in this whole process,” Montoya was quoted as telling the outlet in an interview, adding that he would oppose any attempt to have Kelley transferred to an American prison.

“The judge, the prosecutor, even my daughter’s attorney all acted in favor of [Kelley] and not for her,” Montoya complained. “I am very frustrated by all the corruption and the deception.”

“There is video of what this assassin did to my daughter. He practically decapitated her! It seems like the judge didn’t even see the video,” the father said.

New Jersey Advanced Media noted that former Rutgers director of basketball administration Brad Wachtel offered no insight into Kelley’s crime, saying, “Once he left us, that was the last we heard from him.”

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