Man sentenced for 1991 cold case murder

Posted at: 06/25/2014 11:11 AM
Updated at: 06/25/2014 1:55 PM
By: Elizabeth Reed,

Lawrence Scherer
Lawrence Scherer

A man who was on the run for more than two decades before confessing to stabbing another man to death was sentenced on Wednesday.

Lawrence Scherer pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter and other charges related to the death of Roger Alderman. Family members and neighbors found Alderman dead near Central and Juan Tabo in August of 1991.

The case went cold for more than two decades until Scherer called Santa Fe police and said he wanted to confess because the crime was "weighing on his conscience."

Scherer reportedly told police that Alderman tried to make sexual advances on him, so he stabbed him to death.

Scherer was sentenced to seven and a half years in prison and two years of probation.