Convicted murderer sues state

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A former death row inmate convicted of kidnapping two UNM students and killing one of them is suing the state.

Michael Guzman was nearly beaten to death in prison and spent a month in the hospital.

He is now suing the corrections department saying they intentionally put him with his “known enemies” and wants damages.

The corrections department denies the allegations.

Guzman was convicted of the 1981 murder and rape of UNM student 19-year-old Julie Jackson. He also stabbed her friend Colene Bush 33 times and left her to die, but she survived.

The two were kidnapped as they walked home from the Frontier Restaurant near UNM, then taken to Tijeras Canyon where they were attacked.

While Guzman was initially sentenced to death, former Gov. Toney Anaya commuted his sentence. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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