Man sentenced for connection to 7-Eleven murder

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ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A man involved in the murder of an Albuquerque 7-Eleven store clerk has just been sentenced to more than a decade in prison.

Police say Julian Deherrera robbed students in a van outside of the 7-Eleven on Central and University in 2012.

While he was doing that, police say his friend, Eloy Aguilar, went inside the store and shot and killed Clerk Chad Mercer, a veteran and father.

A third friend, Dylan Villareal, was with them at the time.

Aguilar was indicted on first-degree murder charges Deherrera and Villareal on second-degree murder charges.

But in May, Deherrera and Villareal took plea deals which reduced their charges.

Deherrera was just sentenced to 14 years in prison for armed robbery and conspiracy.

The victim’s fiancee was in the courtroom Tuesday.

As for the shooter, Eloy Aguilar, he pled to second-degree murder and is expected to be sentenced later this month.

The third suspect is expected to be sentenced later this month on conspiracy charges. 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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