Adult sentencing for killer of Farmington doctor

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. 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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