- Associated Press - Friday, June 24, 2016

AZTEC, N.M. (AP) - A suspect in a deadly 2012 shooting at a St. Patrick’s Day party in San Juan County has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.

The Farmington Daily Times reports (http://bit.ly/28VVXku) that 30-year-old Raul Avalos received the sentence in exchange for pleading no contest to second-degree murder and other charges. But he will get credit for four years spent in jail awaiting trial.

According to court records, Avalos is accused of shooting 20-year-old Demetrius Garrett twice in the chest at a part.

The victim’s sister was also wounded, suffering a gunshot wound in her knee.

Garrett was hospitalized but died nine months later while waiting for a heart transplant.

Avalos expressed condolences to the victim’s family but also said he acted in self-defense and never pointed a gun at Garrett.

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Information from: The Daily Times, http://www.daily-times.com

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