Daniel Betancourt is back in jail, charged with threatening the mother of a 13-year-old boy who was shot to death more than a year ago.
The reported threat occurred after Betancourt’s brothers Eli and Alejandro and a third defendant were all convicted of murder this summer in the shooting death of Miguel Angel Andrade Martinez on June 20, 2010.
Miguel was shot 10 times when he went to answer the door at 6 a.m. that Father’s Day Sunday. Witnesses said Eli and Alejandro Betancourt and Eddie Laurel were trying to avenge a fight involving Daniel Betancourt. But the men, all of whom had gang ties, went to the wrong house.
Daniel Betancourt was set for preliminary hearing this week on a charge of criminal threat. He also faces a probation violation hearing, stemming from pleading guilty to aggravated batteryin the fight that led to Miguel’s killing.
In a move to revoke in probation in the battery case, prosecutors say that Betancourt posted profanity-laced posts on his Facebook page during the three trials. He posted threats to one of the witnesses and a prosecutor in the case.
Then prosecutors say, on July 29, after the trials, Daniel Betancourt drove by the house where Miguel was killed, stopped and pointed at Sylvia Martinez.
“Ms. Martinez was in fear of her family’s safety,” prosecutor C.J. Rieg wrote in a court filing.
Daniel Betancourt drove by the Martinez house less than two weeks after police say he’d visited the Ellsworth Correctional Facility, where his oldest brother is serving a life sentence for the murder.
The 25-year-old could face two years in prison if his probation is revoked, as well as an additional sentence if he’s convicted on the new case of criminal threat.