Santa Fe man sentenced for 2012 murders

Joe Rivera sentenced for shooting and killing two people

SANTA FE (KRQE) – A judge sentenced a Santa Fe man to more than 27 years in prison for killing two men at a Christmas party back in 2012.

Prosecutors say Joe Rivera, who had just turned 18, shot 23-year-old Johnny Griego and 29-year-old Nicholas Baker at Griego’s home in a fight over a bottle of liquor.

Rivera says he was defending his 16 year-old brother. 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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