FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) – A 20-year-old man convicted of beating a Farmington doctor to death with a pool cue will be sentenced as an adult.
The Daily Times reports that District Judge William Birdsall made the ruling Friday based on reports from a court-appointed psychiatrist and the Juvenile Probation Office.
John Mayes was convicted Nov. 25 in the June 2011 killing of Dr. James Nordstrom at Nordstrom’s home. He was found guilty of second-degree murder and aggravated burglary, among other offenses.
Mayes, who will turn 21 in September, faces a maximum sentence as an adult of 15 years.
Public defender Stephen Taylor has asked that Mayes be allowed to serve any sentence at an alternative facility.
Mayes is Farmington City Manager Rob Mayes’ adopted son.