Man who killed 7-Eleven clerk sentenced to 37 years

Eloy Aguilar
Eloy Aguilar

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The man who shot and killed an Albuquerque 7-Eleven clerk in 2012 was sentenced to 37 years in prison Monday afternoon.

In June, 22-year-old Eloy Aguilar plead guilty to second-degree murder, armed robbery and tampering with evidence. Chad Mercer, 36, was shot and killed at the 7-Eleven on University and Central.

In court Monday, a video showing pictures of Mercer played during the sentencing. Family members of Mercer said they’ve never seen any sign of remorse from Aguilar, and Mercer’s sister said he was compassionate, smart, served the country and was a hero.

In July 2012 Mercer was working at the 7-11 when Eloy Aguilar, Julian De Herrera and Dylan Villareal showed up. De Herrera robbed a group of students at gun-point outside the store. Aguilar shot and killer Mercer inside the store.

Villareal was the get-a-way driver.

De Herrera and Villarreal cut a deal with prosecutors wiping away the murder charges. Under the deal, Villarreal plead no contest to conspiracy to commit armed robbery and De Herrera plead to armed robbery and conspiracy.

Aguilar will serve more than three decades behind prison walls. Villarreal was also sentenced on Monday to 30 months in prison.

Aguilar apologized to Mercer’s family saying he was not in his right mind when he shot him.

Villareal faced the victim’s family for his apology. He told them he was sorry for his role in the robbery that led to Mercer’s death. He also said knowing that Mercer’s young daughter will grow up without him haunts him everyday. 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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