Clovis man to serve life in fatal beating case

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) – A Clovis man has been sentenced in connection with a fatal beating and robbery last year.

A judge sentenced 25-year-old Daniel Murrell on Friday to life in prison plus an additional 31 years.

Judge Fred Van Soelen told Murrell that he “committed a serious crime and now you are going to do a serious sentence.”

Murrell was convicted earlier this month of felony murder, armed robbery, credit card theft, illegal use of credit cards and evidence tampering.

Prosecutors say Murrell robbed and beat 61-year-old Joe Garcia as he walked home from a convenience store Jan. 4, 2013. They say he also robbed and beat David Shober two days earlier.

Murrell will be eligible for parole after 30 years. 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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