Jose Rangel, the father of a Las Vegas fugitive wanted in connection with the 2020 murder of Lesly Palacio, has been sentenced to two years in prison in 2021 for his role in the alleged murder. According to sources, Rangel, then 46, pleaded guilty to being complicit in the murder of Palacio last June. During the trial, Rangel admitted to helping his son Erick remove Palacio’s body from the house. He said the victim’s body was later dumped near the Valley of Fire in a remote location. Surveillance footage shows two people “dragging” her body out of the house and onto a pickup truck.
Erick is still on the run and officials believe the two left within 48 hours of the alleged murder. A month before the trial, Jose was detained near the Mexican border. In Pursuit With John Walsh is currently solving their case in an upcoming episode titled Evil Deception, which airs Wednesday, September 21, 2022. It will air at 9:00 p.m. ET on ID. Before the episode premieres, here’s everything you need to know about Jose Rangel’s role in his son’s sick game.
Jose Rangel was found guilty of murdering Lesly Palacio.
Jose Rangel was sentenced to two years in the Clark County Jail about a year ago. According to a Metro Las Vegas Police official, Rangel was released on April 28 of this year. Rangel was previously convicted in the Lesly Palacio case when video evidence showed he was assisting his son, Erick Rangel-Ibarra, who is now on the run. On August 29, 2020, he was found helping his son move Palacio’s body from their Tipper Avenue home and load the body into a vehicle. Other tapes provide incriminating material that places his child at the center of the murder investigation.
According to the filing, crime scene photos taken from inside the residence have revealed incriminating evidence as well as blood stains, though the source of the blood stains has yet to be determined. Authorities also presented photos of cleaning supplies and gloves that were discovered at the property during the investigation.
According to court documents, Rangel first reported to authorities that Palacio had overdosed on drugs at their home, but later changed his story and said he witnessed it. His son Erick carried the corpse of Lesly Palacio, believed to be wrapped in a cloth, down the stairs. During the trial, Jose Rangel apologized to Lesly Palacio’s family.
“I am really sorry. Hope you find peace. I understand their pain and it breaks my heart to realize that I have failed as a parent, that two wonderful families have been destroyed.”
“I am aware of my mistake. I am truly ashamed to have let this happen and as a father I have behaved like this without notifying the authorities immediately. The passion for parenting won over me. I was so nervous that I didn’t know what to do. It was a betrayal. I made the wrong choice.”
Jose Rangel told investigators he and his son left the country shortly after the incident. They are said to have reached the Mexican border and been separated. Rangel was later arrested and pleaded guilty to aiding, abetting the corpse and complicity in the murder. He was released from prison after serving a sentence of about nine months.
During the 2021 Jose Rangel trial, Lesly Palacio’s family spoke out.
Lesly Palacio’s sister, Nayelli Palacio, expressed dissatisfaction with Jose Rangel’s sentence at his trial in 2021. According to Nayelli:
“It breaks my heart that someone could do this to my sister and spend two years in prison. If you know Lesly, you know she doesn’t deserve it. She has no right to have her life taken away. mine.”
According to Deputy District Attorney John Giordani, the Rangels family have known her for 14 years, and Erick’s father is believed to have been at the mansion at the time of her murder. Giordani asked the agents to strengthen the punishment for similar actions in the future.
“The Nevada Legislature needs to take action because disposing of a baby girl’s body and treating her like trash should not be considered a misdemeanor. And helping a murderer after he has committed such a heinous act should not be considered a misdemeanor.”