Portales man pleads guilty to second-degree murder

Issac Montano Jr., 48, of Portales, was sentenced to 20 years in prison Friday after pleading guilty to second-degree murder and armed robbery.

He was accused in the July 2008 death of Donald Chapman of Portales.

“The credit for this conviction goes to the quick response and investigation by the Portales Police Department,” 9th Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler said in a press release. “We hope that this maximum sentence brings some justice and closure to the victim’s family in this case.”

Portales police and emergency personnel responded to a call on July 7, 2008, about an individual covered in blood wandering a residential area. Police said he was later identified as Montano.

Police said Montano was carrying a .22-caliber pistol, kitchen knife and two wallets. One of the wallets belonged to Chapman.

Officers went to Chapman’s home and found him stabbed and shot.

Chapman, 69, later died of his wounds.