Abilene man sentenced to 12 years in prison for 2008 murder


ABILENE, Texas - An Abilene man has been sentenced to 12 years in prison, the third and final conviction stemming from an eight-year-old murder case.

Martin Talvera, Jr., 30, pleaded guilty Monday morning to the murder of Albert Cadena in 2008.

The body of 29-year-old Albert Cadena was found in an alley off of Huckleberry and Clinton streets in Abilene on Memorial Day weekend in 2008.

Talavera is the third and final person to be convicted and sentenced in the Cadena murder case.

William Gagnon was sentenced to life in prison in 2009, and Joe Rangel was sentenced to 99 years in 2010 on a drug charge related to the murder case..

Talavera's capture took time. After being on the run for years, he was arrested in Mexico in 2014 and was extradited back to Taylor County.

The arrest was a relief for the family who had been waiting for justice for years, and even had to deal with a false alarm. Police in Georgia arrested the wrong man of the same name in 2013.

Court officials tell KTXS that Talavera's defense and the district attorney came to an agreement in which Talavera pleaded guilty to the murder and was sentenced to 12 years in prison with the possibility of parole.

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