Man sentenced in Albuquerque gas station shooting

August 26, 2014 • State News

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A man has been sentenced to 37 years in prison for fatally shooting a clerk at Albuquerque convenience store and gas station in 2012.

Prosecutors say 24-year-old [auth] Eloy Aguilar was sentenced Monday under a plea agreement.

He pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, kidnapping, attempt to commit a felony and tampering with evidence.

Prosecutors say Aguilar will serve five years of supervised probation after his release from prison.

Aguilar was accused of killing 36-year-old Chad Mercer on July 17, 2012 while two other men robbed people in the parking lot. The other two defendants already have been sentenced.

Police say the men intended to rob the convenience store when Aguilar shot Mercer.

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