LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The family of Lesly Palacio is continuing to call for justice. This comes after Jose Rangel pleaded guilty to destroying evidence and being an accessory to murder in her death.
The 22-year-old died in August 2020. The accused killer, Erick Rangel-Ibarra, is still on the run and likely in Mexico.
Rangel faces up to two years in prison, but Palacio’s family says that’s not enough.
Full Palacio Family news conference:
“That’s not justice at all,” said Kaly Palacio during a news conference.
According to video evidence first obtained by the I-Team, a man, who prosecutors identify as Rangel, is seen helping his son move Palacio’s body and covering up the crime scene. That’s why Palacio’s family is demanding Rangel’s sentence be lengthened, as they hold on to her memory.
“A friend, a sister, a successful person that was trying to achieve her goals,” Kaly described of her sister.
Palacio family attorney Ofelia Markarian stated, “In two years, this man will be out on our streets. This is extremely scary.” She says a two-year maximum sentence would only make sense if Rangel was helping police track down his son. “That would be the only justification for such a light sentence, if Erick Rangel was in custody right now.”
Loved ones are also hoping for Rangel-Ibarra’s arrest to bring some sense of closure.
“We really want him to turn himself in because that’s the only way we can get justice,” Kaly said.
The family is planning a protest for this Friday at 3:30 p.m. They’ll start at the Clark County Detention Center and march to the Regional Justice Center. Their goal is to try to convince the courts to hand down a longer sentence for Rangel.