- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 28, 2017

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - Prosecutors are seeking a life sentence without the possibility of parole for an Ohio man charged with killing a New Mexico police officer during a traffic stop.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports (https://bit.ly/2lut16I) that 39-year-old Jesse Hanes is charged with murder in connection with the August death of Hatch police officer Jose Chavez.

Hanes’ trial is set for April.

Third Judicial District Attorney Mark D’Antonio filed a notice Monday saying prosecutors want a sentence of life without parole for Hanes if he’s convicted.

Prisoners serving life sentences in New Mexico are eligible for parole after 30 years unless there are aggravating circumstances. D’Antonio says such circumstances would include the killing of a police officer while in the line of duty.

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Information from: Las Cruces Sun-News, https://www.lcsun-news.com

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