Man sentenced to life for Tularosa woman’s murder

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) – An Otero County man has received life in prison for the murder of a Tularosa woman more than a year ago.

A state District Court judge on Friday imposed the maximum sentence on Paul Reynolds, who also received 4 ½ years for other charges.

Reynolds pleaded guilty earlier this year to first-degree felony murder in the January 2013 killing of 63-year-old Rita Gallegos.

The Alamogordo Daily News reports that Reynolds must serve 30 years before becoming eligible for parole.

Gallegos was found dead in her bedroom and her vehicle missing. Shortly after that, the victim’s SUV was involved in a rollover, and authorities arrested 19-year-old Reynolds and two women.

Prosecutors say the victim and her husband had taken Reynolds in on several occasions, including the day she was killed.

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