By Associated Press - Friday, February 26, 2016

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - A man charged with participating in a fatal home invasion of a professional New Mexico mixed martial artist has been sentenced to five years in prison.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports ( that Nathan Avalos was sentenced this week more than two years after the deadly home invasion.

Avalos was one of three charged with invading the Las Cruces home of Joe Torrez, who was with his then-fiance, 2-year-old son and two female friends.

Authorities say 25-year-old Sal Garces was stabbed during the altercation and died. No one has been convicted in his death.

As part of the home invasion agreement, Avalos pleaded no contest to reduced charges of breaking and entering and conspiracy to commit breaking and entering, both fourth-degree felonies.


Information from: Las Cruces Sun-News,

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