NM high court upholds murder conviction, sentence

Posted at: 03/21/2013 2:22 PM
Updated at: 03/21/2013 7:01 PM
By: The Associated Press

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - The New Mexico Supreme Court has upheld a man's conviction and sentence in a 2008 killing in Chaves County.

The unanimous ruling Thursday was issued in the case of Allen C. Dwyer Jr.

He pleaded no contest to first-degree felony murder in the killing of an 82-year-old man and was sentenced as a serious youthful offender to 20 years in prison with five years suspended.

According to court papers, Dwyer was 17 when he killed B. Tony Quici after breaking into the victim's home to steal money to settle a drug debt.

Dwyer went to police and confessed two years later.

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