FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) – A Farmington teenager convicted of shooting and killing a man will likely spend little time behind bars. District Judge Sandra Price ruled Wednesday that 18-year-old Gerardo Perez will be sentenced as a juvenile for the murder of his sister’s boyfriend. Juvenile sentencing carries a maximum prison term of two years. Perez was convicted Jan. 28 of voluntary manslaughter for shooting 33-year-old Benny Sanchez. The San Juan County District Attorney’s Office charged Perez, who was 17 at the time of the shooting, with an open count of murder for the May 16 incident. The Farmington Daily-Times reports a jury found Perez guilty of voluntary manslaughter. State law says if the jury had found the teen guilty of first-degree murder, Perez would be considered a serious youthful offender and automatically would face sentencing as an adult with mandatory life in prison. San Juan County sheriff’s Capt. Tim Black says 33-year-old Benny L. Sanchez died in surgery at San Juan Regional Medical Center in Farmington. Deputies say he was shot multiple times Sunday evening after an argument outside a home on San Juan County Road 3959. An autopsy showed Sanchez was hit in the lower back by two 9MM bullets from a pistol and twice more, one in each upper shoulder.
Victim: Adam Price, 17
Age at time of murder: 17
Crime date: November 23, 1992
Crime location: Bernardo, New Mexico
Partners in crime: Eric Smith, 22, and Mark Apodaca, 20
Crimes: Kidnapping and murder
Murder method: 10 gunshots
Weapon: .44 revolver, 9 millimeter handgun, and shotgun
Convictions: First degree felony murder & false imprisonment
Sentence: Life imprisonment for the murder and 18 months for false imprisonment (consecutive)
Incarceration status: Incarcerated at the Western New Mexico Correctional Facility (0ffender# 25231)
Summary of the crime
Darcy Smith and her partners in crime decided to “scare the hell” out of someone. They kidnapped Adam and shot him over 10 times.
Victim: Joseph Garcia, 15
Age at time of murder: 16
Crime date: October 2008
Crime location: Near Carlsbad, New Mexico
Murder method: Beating
Weapon: Person and rifle
Murder motivation: Retaliation
Convictions: Convicted by a jury of first-degree murder, first-degree kidnapping and bribery of a witness, and guilty plea to one count of tampering with evidence
Sentence: 60 years
Incarceration status: Incarcerated at the Central New Mexico Correctional Facility (offender #475622)
Summary of the crime
Gamble believed that his close friend Joseph Garcia had “ratted” on him. In retaliation, he tricked Joseph into coming to a secluded area outside of town where he confronted him about the alleged “ratting.” Joseph denied the allegation and a fight began. Gamble beat Joseph, got a rifle, and hit him on the head with it. He tried to shoot Joseph but could not get the gun to fire. He poured gasoline on Joseph’s body and set him ablaze. He then returned to a party he had attended previously that day.
Murder victims: Wanda Walters, 61, & Kristina “Krissie” Carter, 48
Injured victims: Jessica Thron, 30, Noah Molina, 10, Alexis Molina, 20, & Howard Jones, 53
Age at time of murders: 16
Crime date: August 28, 2017
Crime location: Clovis-Carver Library, Clovis, New Mexico
Crimes: Double murder & attempted mass murder
Murder method: Gunshots
Conviction: Guilty plea to aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, aggravated battery, assault with intent to commit a violent felony, child abuse, and first-degree murder
Sentence: Life with parole
Incarceration status: Incarcerated at the Lea County Correctional Facility (offender # 526675)
Jouett went on a shooting rampage at the Clovis-Carver Library in Clovis, New Mexico, murdering two people and injuring four. One of the injured victims was a 10-year-old boy. The killer was sentenced to life with parole. If SB 247 had not been defeated, he would be eligible for parole after serving 15 years.
Victims: Greg Griego, 51, (father); Sarah Griego, 40, (mother); Zephania, nine, (brother); Jael, five, (sister); and Angelina, two (sister)
Age at time of murders: 15
Crime date: January 19, 2013
Crime location: South Valley
Crimes: Mass murder, mass shooting, murder of children, familicide, patricide, matricide, fratricide, and sororicide
Murder method: Gunshots
Weapons: .22 caliber rifle & AR-15-style rifle
Convictions: Child abuse resulting in death & second-degree murder
Sentence: Life with parole after 30 years
Incarceration status: Incarcerated (offender #531136)
Nehemiah Griego (“Griego”) fatally shot his parents and three younger siblings in their home. He was sentenced to seven years for the murders of his parents and given three life sentences with parole for the murders of his siblings. He is eligible for parole after 30 years of incarceration.
The details of Griego’s murders are horrific. According to his confession, around midnight, he shot his mother with a .22 rifle as she slept. Nine-year-old Zephania then woke up. Griego informed Zephania that he had just shot their mother. But Zephania did not believe him. Griego “picked up his mother’s head to show his brother her bloody face.” Zephania became upset, so Griego shot him in the head with the .22 caliber rifle. Griego then went to Jael and Angelina’s bedroom where he found the girls crying. He shot both children in the head. After murdering his mother and siblings, Griego went downstairs and waited for his father to return home. When his father came home at 5:00 am Griego shot him multiple times with an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle with a scope. Griego then reloaded the weapons with the intention of driving to an area to shoot more people.