- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 1, 2015

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A man convicted of felony murder in a 2009 shooting at an Albuquerque restaurant has been sentenced to life in federal prison.

Federal prosecutors say 32-year-old Francisco Melgar-Cabrera also was given a 20-year prison term for the armed robberies of two Albuquerque restaurants in June 2009.

Melgar-Cabrera was convicted in the cases three months ago.

Prosecutors say Melgar-Cabrera was arrested in El Salvador in September 2013, but wasn’t extradited until May 2014.

By that time, his three co-defendants had pleaded guilty in the cases and been sentenced to prison.



A 34-year-old woman who worked as a cook at a Denny’s restaurant was fatally shot during an armed robbery on June 20, 2009. A steakhouse was robbed seven days earlier.

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