- Associated Press - Thursday, July 9, 2015

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A man awaiting trial in the fatal shooting of a Rio Rancho police officer has been sentenced to more than 11 years in prison for violating his probation.

Prosecutors say 28-year-old Andrew Romero was given the maximum sentence Thursday.

They say Romero has a lengthy criminal history that includes a manslaughter conviction.

He originally was charged with receiving or transferring a stolen vehicle in November 2013.

Court records show Romero also has faced charges of drug trafficking and armed robbery.

Romero could get life in prison without parole if convicted in the May 25 shooting death of Officer Gregg Benner.

He’s pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and nine other charges.

At the time of the shooting, Romero was wanted for failing to participate in a court-ordered drug treatment program.

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