- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 26, 2017

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - A Las Cruces resident has been sentenced to 14 years in prison for killing another man by throwing a tire iron at his head.

Prosecutors say 37-year-old Vernon Castle Clark was sentenced Tuesday after reaching a plea agreement.

He pleaded guilty earlier this month to one count each of voluntary manslaughter and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Clark had been facing a second-degree murder charge.

Jose Lopez-Perez was found dead with a tire iron lodged in his head at a home outside the Las Cruces city limits in February 2016.



Police say Clark and the 33-year-old Lopez-Perez were arguing before Clark threw the tire iron in an attempt to scare the other man.

Clark also was sentenced on three other counts in separate cases involving batteries on peace officers.

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