Ex-Rutgers walk-on Logan Kelley gets 22 years for Tijuana murder as victim’s father decrees injustice

Logan Kelley, a former basketball standout at Governor Livingston High who walked onto the Rutgers basketball staff, has obtained a 22-year jail sentence after pleading responsible to a murder cost within the grisly February 2021 murder of a nightclub employee in Tijuana, Mexico, two sources confirmed to NJ Advance Media on Friday.

The crime, caught on a number of surveillance cameras within the infamous Adelita intercourse membership, shocked Tijuana residents for its brutality and brazenness. A person authorities recognized as Kelley walked up behind Isis Montoya, a 20-year-old mom working on the membership, and sliced ​​her throat with a four-inch knife he had hid within the pocket of a hooded sweatshirt.

Kelley had initially been charged with femicide, a hate crime in Mexico that carries a sentence of 40 to 60 years. It is unclear why prosecutors, who informed NJ Advance Media in June 2021 that they believed this was an open-and-shut case, agreed to decrease the cost. Calls to the central prosecutor for the Mexican state of Baja California have been answered, and an e mail to its media relations workplace was not returned. Kelley’s household in New Jersey might additionally not be reached.

Jose Montoya, father of the sufferer, stated in an interview Friday that Kelley agreed to make a cost of about 800,000 pesos — or roughly $40,000 — that’s alleged to be earmarked for his late daughter’s 4-year-old son. Montoya stated he was livid with the lowered cost and that he plans to struggle any try to permit Kelley to serve his sentence in a US jail.

“I needed justice, however justice was not served on this entire course of,” Montoya stated by way of a translator in a (*22*) name from his dwelling within the central Mexican state of Hidalgo. “The decide, the prosecutor, even my daughter’s lawyer all acted in favor of (Kelley) and never for her. I’m very annoyed by all of the corruption and the deception.

“There is video of what this murderer did to my daughter. He virtually decapitated her! It looks like the decide did not even see the video.”

READ NJ.COM’S COMPLETE INVESTIGATION INTO THE MURDER

Kelley, 28, is a Mountainside native who in 2012 led all New Jersey highschool basketball gamers in scoring as a senior with Governor Livingston in Berkeley Heights. He walked onto the staff at Rutgers throughout a season of turmoil with former coach Mike Rice’s abuse scandal and was awarded a scholarship for the 2013-14 season that he wouldn’t use.

Several of Kelly’s buddies and former teammates had stated they have been at the hours of darkness as to how Kelley, as soon as described by former Rutgers head coach Eddie Jordan as basketball participant who “personified what we wish in a student-athlete,” ended up in Tijuana or the character of his relationship with Montoya. “Once he left us, that was the final we heard from him,” Brad Wachtel, former Rutgers director of basketball administration, stated final yr.

A six-month NJ Advance Media investigation discovered that Kelley had drifted from place to position after leaving Rutgers in 2013, first pursuing a basketball profession at smaller faculties in Colorado and Alabama and later recording a rap album underneath the title Lo Key Lo. He additionally had stalked and harassed a New Jersey lady who stated authorities did not heed her warnings — regardless of a number of arrests and restraining orders — that he was harmful.

Montoya, based on a number of individuals who knew her whereas she labored at Adelita, had no recognized relationship with Kelley previous to her murder. Instead, two different dancers on the membership stated, Kelley had come to the membership in search of to hurt one other lady and focused Montoya as an alternative.

NJ Advance Media employees author Elizabeth Llorente supplied translation for this report.

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Steve Politi could also be reached at spoliti@njadvancemedia.com.

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