- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 20, 2016

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - One of three suspects in the fatal beatings of two homeless men in Albuquerque has pleaded no contest to first- and second-degree murder and no contest to aggravated battery with a dangerous weapon.

The teen was 15 at the time of the 2014 attacks and The Associated Press isn’t naming him because he’s still a juvenile.

The Albuquerque Journal (https://bit.ly/2aa4zVP) reports the teen’s plea deal Wednesday calls for 45 years in prison, but he’s only expected to serve 26 1/2 years with the remainder suspended.

He’s scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 7.

Last year, Alex Rios was convicted of second-degree murder in the case. The 20-year-old Rios was sentenced in February to 67 1/2 years in prison.

Another co-defendant pleaded to second-degree murder in exchange for a maximum 20-year sentence.

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Information from: Albuquerque Journal, https://www.abqjournal.com


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