PHOENIX — Authorities said a Gila County man faced 20 years in prison after
pleading guilty to second-degree murder of his 7-year-old daughter.
Spokesman Bradley Beauchamp of the Gila County Attorney’s Office said Gasoa
Balas pleaded guilty Tuesday to second-degree murder, aggravated assault and
aggravated driving under the influence.
Local TV reported that the charges stem from an Aug. 1,
2012 incident during which the daughter was in Balas’ car when he drove at a
Payson police officer and then drove off before crashing. The girl was killed
when she was ejected from the vehicle when it rolled.
Balas’ plea agreement calls for him to be sentenced to 20 years in prison.