Man gets 40-year sentence in NM restaurant killing

August 8, 2013 • State News

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A 26-year-old Salvadoran immigrant faces 40 years in pris[auth] on for the accidental killing of a cook during a 2009 robbery of a Denny’s Restaurant in Albuquerque.

Marvin Aguilar-Lopez was sentenced Wednesday on convictions for felony murder and armed robbery for the holdup in which 34-year-old Stephanie Anderson was killed.

The Albuquerque Journal ) reports that police said Aguilar-Lopez’s gun discharged when he tripped as he and two other masked men entered the restaurant.

The bullet ricocheted off a door and struck Anderson.

During the sentencing, Aguilar-Lopez and his lawyer read a letter in which the defendant apologized to Anderson’s family and said they didn’t deserve to suffer.

Another man has been sentenced to 35 years in prison in the killing and a third is a fugitive.

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