Otero Co. man sentenced to life for woman’s murder

Paul Reynolds
Paul Reynolds

OTERO COUNTY, N.M. (KRQE) – An Otero County man has been sentenced to life in prison for murdering a woman who was trying to help him.

Paul Reynolds, 19, admitted to stabbing 63-year-old Rita Gallegos to death in 2013 in her home and then stealing her car.

Prosecutors said Gallegos and her husband had taken Reynolds in several times. He was a client of the medical transportation company Rita’s husband worked for.

Reynolds told deputies he wanted the car to settle a $30,000 debt.

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