Abilene Murder Suspect Sentenced to 12 Years


ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – The final suspect accused of killing a man in Abilene over eight years ago has been sentenced for the crime.

Martin Talavera, Jr., 30, was sentenced to serve twelve years behind bars Monday morning after pleading guilty to a murder charge connected to the death of Albert Cadena on August 8, 2016. Cadena was shot and killed in an alleyway in north Abilene over Memorial Day weekend in 2008.

Talavera is the third suspect found guilty of Cadena’s murder. William Gagnon was sentenced to life in prison in 2009, and Joe Rangel was sentenced to 99 years in 2010. 

Talavera was on the run for years after Cadena’s death. He was eventually apprehended in Mexico in January of 2014 then extradited to the Taylor County Jail where he has been held on bonds totaling $800,000 since January of 2015.

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