Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Man Gets Probation in 2 Deaths.

Byline: K.C. Mason Journal Staff Writer

Women Died When Logs Fell on Them

A Mora County man whose 5,000 pounds of logs rolled off his truck at an Espanola intersection and crushed two women to death as they waited at a stoplight received a three-year deferred sentence and three years' probation on Friday.

"This wasn't justice; it was just a slap on the wrist," said Dorlinda Valdez, the oldest sister of Annette T. Gonzales, one of two Hernandez women killed in the October 1999 incident. Howard Tate's 50,000-pound load of logs fell on the women's 1993 Ford Festiva.

Tate, 64, from the northern New Mexico community of Chacon, attempted to apologize personally to about a dozen of Gonzales' relatives, all from the Espanola area, as they filed out of District Judge Stephen Pfeffer's Santa Fe courtroom. …

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