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Jury convicts former Palmview Police Department dispatcher of manslaughter

A jury convicted a former Palmview Police Department dispatcher of manslaughter Friday but acquitted him on a more serious felony murder charge.

After a two-week trial, the jury convicted Jacobo Daniel Rivera, 24, of Palmview — a former police dispatcher and volunteer firefighter — on charges of manslaughter and evading arrest or detention causing death, according to Hidalgo County District Attorney Ricardo Rodriguez.

20181109 JacoboRiveraRivera sped away from a state trooper on Aug. 17, 2016, and crashed a red Ford Mustang. The crash killed his girlfriend, 21-year-old Kryztal Luna, and injured Palmview police Officer Juan Martinez, who sat in the back seat.

Both charges are second-degree felonies punishable by two to 20 years in prison.

The jury, though, acquitted Rivera on the more serious charge of felony murder, a first-degree felony.

The manslaughter charge required the jury to find that Rivera recklessly caused Luna’s death. The felony murder charge had a higher bar, requiring that the jury find Rivera “intentionally and knowingly” attempted to avoid arrest and caused Luna’s death in the process.

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A jury convicted a former Palmview Police Department dispatcher of manslaughter Friday but acquitted him on a more serious felony murder charge.

After a two-week trial, the jury convicted Jacobo Daniel Rivera, 24, of Palmview — a former police dispatcher and volunteer firefighter — on charges of manslaughter and evading arrest or detention causing death, according to Hidalgo County District Attorney Ricardo Rodriguez.

Rivera sped away from a state trooper on Aug. 17, 2016, and crashed a red Ford Mustang. The crash killed his girlfriend, 21-year-old Kryztal Luna, and injured Palmview police Officer Juan Martinez, who sat in the back seat.

Both charges are second-degree felonies punishable by two to 20 years in prison.

The jury, though, acquitted Rivera on the more serious charge of felony murder, a first-degree felony.

The manslaughter charge required the jury to find that Rivera recklessly caused Luna’s death. The felony murder charge had a higher bar, requiring that the jury find Rivera “intentionally and knowingly” attempted to avoid arrest and caused Luna’s death in the process.

Check back for updates.

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