Nevada Man Accused of Killing Partner Days After He Was Convicted of Domestic Battery and Abuse

nevada man killed partner days after convicted of abuse
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Aug. 8 2023, Published 4:02 p.m. ET

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A Nevada man has been arrested after he allegedly shot to death the mother of his child days after he was convicted of abusing her, according to authorities.

Around 9:30 a.m. on Aug. 5, officers responded to a home in Sun Valley and found 20-year-old Jennifer Beltran-Galassi inside a car with a gunshot wound to the head, according to the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office.

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First responders transported the victim to a nearby hospital, where she was pronounced dead, officials said.

Authorities identified 21-year-old Esteban Garcia as the primary suspect and found him at a nearby residence.

Garcia was arrested on Aug. 6 and booked into the Washoe County Detention Facility, police said.

He was charged with open murder and owning/possessing a firearm by a prohibited person and is being held on a $1 million bond.

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On July 27, Garcia was convicted of domestic battery and abuse, neglect or endangerment of a child, according to authorities.

A judge issued a no-contact order with Beltran-Galassi and sentenced Garcia to probation.

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The Sheriff’s Office said Beltran-Galassi and Garcia were involved in a domestic relationship and had a young child.

Washoe County Sheriff Darin Balaam said in a statement, "On behalf of the members of the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office, we express our deepest condolences and wish Jennifer’s loved ones peace and courage while they endure this unimaginable loss."


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