LYONS, N.Y. (WROC) — Officials from the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office say there has been a guilty plea in connection to the 2018 death of a woman and her baby.
Alberto Reyes pleaded guilty to two counts of manslaughter in the death of his then girlfriend Selena Hidalgo-Calderon and her 14-month-old son, Owen Hidalgo-Calderon in Sodus last May.
Under the agreement, Reyes will be sentenced to 20 years in prison and five years post release for each charge. Reyes was previously charged with two counts of murder and two counts of tampering with evidence and federal charges.
It remains possible that he’s eligible to serve his sentences concurrently, which would mean he would only spend 20 years in prison for both counts of manslaughter, instead of 40 years total (20 for each). Calarco said if Reyes was convicted of the initial charges he would have faced 25 years to life in prison.
“Based on consent from the family as well as encouragement from law enforcement, we thought this was a good resolution to this case,” said Wayne County District Attorney Michael Calarco.
Selena and Owen were reported missing in May 2018. Selena’s body was found days after the missing person report was issued. Deputies said her body had been wrapped in plastic and left in a wooded area near a farm on Joy Road in Sodus.
Reyes previously claimed he found her dead and hid her body out of fear of being blamed for her death, according to court testimony.
Reyes was also facing immigration charges, accused of re-entering the U.S. illegally. Reyes was deported twice before: Once in 2016 and then again in 2017. Last time he re-entered the country, he used a fake Social Security card and an alien registration.
“Federal authorities will decide how they want to proceed with the immigration case,” Calarco said. “Reyes will serve the sentence he was sentenced to.”
Sentencing for Reyes is scheduled for November 7.