New Mexico

New Mexico murderer to remain in prison

CLOVIS, N.M. - A Clovis man who murdered a 10-year-old in 2005 will remain behind bars, an Attorney General announced Thursday.

Noe Torres is serving a life sentence for the first-degree murder of Carlos Lopez and the attempted murder of the boy’s older brother, Ruben Perez.

Torres’ argument that he could not be convicted for both, murder and attempted murder didn’t align with New Mexico murder statues, according to the Supreme Court.

“This case is sickening, but I am thankful the justices agreed with our office and affirmed the convictions of an extremely violent offender,” Balderas said. “Keeping the most violent, dangerous criminals behind bars remains our priority across the state.”

According to court records, in September of 2005, Torres and a co-conspirator drove to the Perez residence and fired nine shots into a bedroom window, killing the 10-year old boy. Torres fled to Mexico, where he remained for six years, until he was arrested and brought to trial in New Mexico.