Uraquio "Rocky" Arredondo, 31, appeared for a scheduled bench trial in Grant County District Court before Judge Clinton B. Peterson that began the week of April 18, 2022 and was scheduled to last through the end of April 2022.
Arredondo, who plead not guilty in the February 2019 death of three year old Carlos Angel Valenzuela III of Ulysses was found guilty by Judge Peterson on two charges, Felony First Degree Murder and Abuse of a Child. Valenzuela was the son of Arredondo's live in girlfriend.
On February 26, 2019 police and EMS were called to the home that Arredondo shared with Carlos' mother, for a 911 call of an unresponsive child. Carlos was taken to a local hospital and then to Denver, CO for treatment. He died two days later in Denver.
On Monday, February 24, 2020, one year after the death of Carlos, Arredondo was arrested at his home in Ulysses, KS. Arredondo was arrested for first degree murder and abuse of a child. He was booked into the Grant County Jail on $500,000 bond at that time.
Arredondo, who has also lived in Texas, had lived in Ulysses for about three years with Carlos' mother and worked full time
In a December bond reduction hearing, Shannon Rush, Assistant Attorney General stated, "the child was beaten badly and there is a substantial risk for public safety and his criminal history has showed that he is just getting more aggressive." The motion for a bond reduction was denied at that time.
A motion to dismiss was also filed by the defense attorney, Clint Peterson, but this was also denied.
Arredondo is to be sentenced on June 13, 2022 at 9am.
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