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Daniel Murrell sentenced to life in prison plus 31 years

Daniel Murrell (Provided by Ninth Judicial District Attorney's Office) Daniel Murrell (Provided by Ninth Judicial District Attorney's Office)

Provided by Ninth Judicial District Attorney's Office

Clovis, NM - Ninth Judicial District Attorney Andrea Reeb announced that today Daniel Murrell, age 25, of Clovis, NM, was sentenced for his role in the beating death and robbery of Joe Garcia and the armed robbery of David Shober.

At a jury trial earlier this month, Murrell was found guilty of Felony Murder, Armed Robbery, Theft of a Credit Card, Illegal Use of Credit Cards and Tampering with Evidence. On January 4, 2013, Murrell robbed and beat Clovis resident, Joe Garcia behind the Allsups store at 11th and Mitchell in Clovis. Garcia died a few days later from complications of blunt force trauma he suffered. A few days earlier on January 2, 2014, Murrell robbed Clovis resident, David Shober and beat him with a handgun.

At the sentencing hearing today, the Honorable Fred Van Soelen heard emotional statements from the family of Joe Garcia as well as a statement from Murrell. Judge Van Soelen sentenced Murrell to the maximum sentence allowed, life in prison, plus 31 years. Judge Van Soelen said in sentencing Murrell, “Your past history proves that you are a thief and because of that a man is dead. You committed a serious crime and now you are going to do a serious sentence.” Murrell must serve the entire life sentence (which is 30 years) before he is eligible for parole. After the 30 year life sentence, Murrell will begin the remaining 31 year sentence.

District Attorney Andrea Reeb and Assistant District Attorney Laura Talbert prosecuted the case for the State of New Mexico. Criminal defense attorney, Anna Aragon, represented Murrell.

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