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Frat star, 21, is charged with assault with a deadly weapon after shooting a pledge in the LEG

Terrified pledge tells how was SHOT in the leg during hazing at New Mexico State University as a 21-year-old is charged with assault with a deadly weapon

  • Miguel ‘JJ’ Altamirano, 21, was charged with felony aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after he allegedly shot Jonathan Sillas in the leg in November 
  • Sillas – a criminal justice major at the university – was ordered to face away from members of the fraternity during an initiation event
  • It was in that moment he was shot after expecting to be paddled on his backside 
  • Kappa Sigma has been suspended from the campus until the fall semester of 2024
  • Altamirano has been expelled and could face three years in prison 

A former New Mexico State University student faces up to three years in prison for allegedly shooting a pledge in the leg during a fraternity hazing incident. 

Miguel ‘JJ’ Altamirano, 21, has been charged with felony aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after he allegedly shot Jonathan Sillas in the leg during a Kappa Sigma fraternity event in November of last year. 

Sillas – a criminal justice major at the university – was ordered to face away from members of the fraternity during an initiation event, ABC News reports. 

 

Miguel ‘JJ’ Altamirano, 21, was charged with felony aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after he allegedly shot Jonathan Sillas (pictured) in the leg during a Kappa Sigma fraternity event in November of last year

The student was shocked when he was shot in the leg, having expected to be paddled from behind.

‘One of the guys pulled me to the side and he was like, ‘We didn’t do this to you’ and I was like, ‘What are you talking about?’ and then he told me to turn around,’ Sillas said.

‘I was just like thinking that they would just hit me with a paddle or something like that. I’m not like too scared about that.’

The student was shocked when he was shot in the leg, having expected to be paddled from behind during the initiation event. Pictured Kappa Sigma Fraternity

The student was shocked when he was shot in the leg, having expected to be paddled from behind during the initiation event. Pictured Kappa Sigma Fraternity

Sillas started to panic once he realized that the student had a gun. 

‘Whenever I turned around, he reached and pulled the gun out of the backpack,’ Sillas explained to KVIA. ‘I wasn’t watching but I heard him click it and then I started freaking out.’ 

C.J. McEllhinney, who is representing the defendant, says his client didn’t mean to intentionally shoot Sillas. He added that the students had been ‘joking around’. 

Kappa Sigma has been suspended until the fall semester of 2024

Kappa Sigma has been suspended until the fall semester of 2024

‘The evidence in this case is consistent with negligent handling of a firearm and not the crime of aggravated assault,’ McEllhinney said on Thursday. ‘It is not uncommon for the State of New Mexico to overcharge criminal defendants.’ 

Altamirano was expelled from the school in November, according to his lawyer. 

‘My client never intended to hurt anyone and is remorseful that Mr. Sillas was injured,’ McEllhinney said. This unfortunate incident occurred in the context of a fraternity event.’ 

Kappa Sigma has been suspended until the fall semester of 2024. 



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