CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — A Clovis man faces life in prison on his first-degree murder convictions in a 2011 double homicide case.
Curry County jurors convicted 29-year-old Enrique DeLeon in Feburary in the deaths of next-door neighbors Joe Valero and Guadalupe Castaneda.. He also was convicted on two counts of child abuse.
Authorities said DeLeon and the 44-year-old Valero argued during a 2011 cookout at Valero’s home.
They say DeLeon left and returned with a gun. Shots were fired and Valero died at the scene. The 25-year-old Castaneda later died at a Texas hospital.
The shooting occurred in the presence of the victims’ two children.
District Judge Teddy L. Hartley sentenced DeLeon on Wednesday, and the District Attorney’s Office said DeLeon must serve at least 30 years before being eligible for parole.