Alberto Reyes pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the deaths of his girlfriend and her 14-month-old son
LYONS — The man accused of killing his girlfriend and her son in Wayne County provided no motice or additional details when he pleaded guilty to manslaughter in their slayings on Wednesday, according to the county district attorney.
Just days before his trial was to start, Reyes pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree manslaughter in the deaths of Selena Hidalgo-Calderon and her 14-month-old son, Owen. The two disappeared from a farm off Joy Road in Sodus in May 2018, where Ms. Hidalgo-Calderon was a farmworker. Her body was found a week later in the woods near the farm a week later. Owen's remains were found in the same area in October. The massive search involved more than 1,100 searchers, according to Wayne County Sheriff Barry Virts.
In a news conference Thursday, Wayne County District Attorney Michael Calarco said Reyes acknowledged and admitted to causing their deaths but provided no motive or additional details.
Reyes will be sentenced to 20 years in prison and five years of post-release supervision. As part of the deal, he agreed to waive his right to appeal.
"Two people lost their lives ... they're not going to get their lives back," Virts said during the news conference. "When you talk about justice or closure, I don't know that I have that in these cases. I don't know that my investigators, my deputies have that ... we continue to dig and dig in these cases. But again the family has to live with that for the rest of their lives."
Calarco said he had offered Reyes a plea agreement a few weeks ago and on Wednesday Reyes accepted.
"Based on inquiry with the family, based on whether there would be a resolution without them having to go through an emotional turmoil of a trial, we extended an offer to Mr. Reyes' attorney," said Calarco.
Reyes is to be sentenced Nov. 7. Hidalgo-Calderon's family told News 10NBC they plan to speak publicly then.
Calarco said Reyes could be deported, but he will have to serve out his time first. In January, a grand jury charged him with fraud and misuse of a permanent resident alien card, fraud and misuse of a Social Security card and unlawful re-entry by a removed alien.
Reyes' trial was scheduled to begin Monday.