- Associated Press - Monday, August 1, 2016

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - A man convicted in a stabbing case has been sentenced to 11 years in prison as a habitual offender under New Mexico law.

Prosecutors say 36-year-old Roberto Urquidi was sentenced Monday for aggravated battery, a third-degree felony.

He received the maximum three-year prison term for the stabbing plus eight years for being a habitual offender.

Under New Mexico law, a defendant’s sentence may be enhanced by eight years in prison if he’s been previously convicted of three felonies.

Urquidi was previously convicted of assaulting a family member, unauthorized use of a vehicle and theft of property between March 2003 and July 2007.

After serving a federal prison sentence in Arkansas, prosecutors say Urquidi stabbed a man in February 2015 in Anthony, New Mexico.

The victim had been dating Urquidi’s girlfriend.

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