Jimenez enters not guilty plea | SierraSun.com

Jimenez enters not guilty plea

On Tuesday, May 15, the attorney for Albert Jimenez Jr. entered a plea of not guilty to charges of murder and child abuse and denied that prior child abuse convictions are the result of a strike against a child.

Jimenez was charged with one felony count of open murder and three felony counts of child abuse.

He was sentenced to a prison in Sacramento County in 1994 for previous child abuse convictions.

“It’s a big deal,” said Frederick T. Holmes, the deputy district attorney with Nevada County, on Monday, May 14. Prior child abuses convictions, if determined the result of a strike against a victim, could increase jail time from 25 years in prison to life to 50 years to life with parole at 40 years.

“Ultimately the prior charges have to be proved to the jury,” said Holmes.

The case has been set for further felony conference in June 19.

The case began on April 3 when Nevada County Sheriff’s Office responded to a 911 call of a child choking. After transporting the victim, later identified as 1-year-old Kylie Ann Kirbis-Fernhoff, to Tahoe Forest Hospital and conducting initial investigations, authorities noticed that several bruises and marks on the child did not match testimony provided by Jimenez.

Authorities later determined the cause of death as blunt force trauma.

Nevada County Sheriff’s Office arrested Jimenez on Wednesday, April 4.

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