CLOVIS, NM (KCBD) - A New Mexico jury found Robert Macias, 35 guilty of First Degree Murder and Shooting at a Motor Vehicle Resulting in Great Bodily Harm late Friday night. The charges stem from January 15, 2006 when Macias became involved in an altercation at a Clovis bar.
Following the altercation, the defendant went to his cousin's house on Rencher Street in Clovis where he overheard individuals next door bragging and laughing about the incident at the bar and how they had "punked" Macias. The defendant became enraged. A short time later Macias saw Wilfred Salas, Jr., one of the individuals laughing about the incident, driving away from the residence and Macias fired three gunshots at the vehicle, one of which went through the back window of the vehicle and struck Salas, Jr. in the head. Wilfred Salas, Jr. was transported to Plains Regional Medical Center, and airlifted to a Lubbock hospital where he died shortly thereafter.
After five days of testimony, the jury deliberated for approximately two and a half hours before returning guilty verdicts on both counts. The Court will sentence Robert Macias at a later date, where he faces a sentence of life in prison. District Attorney Matt Chandler says he will seek the maximum sentence of life in prison.
It was the second time Macias was convicted in the case. He originally was convicted in 2007. However, the New Mexico Supreme Court overturned the verdict in 2009, ruling the judge in that trial erred in allowing a jail house phone call to be played for jurors.
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