La Mesilla man sentenced in PlayStation killing


SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) – A La Mesilla man has been sentenced to 35 years in prison for killing a man he suspected stole his PlayStation.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that 23-year-old Eric Rodriguez received his sentence Friday as part of a plea agreement in the fatal shooting of 20-year-old Marco Bequett.

Prosecutors say Rodriguez is pleading guilty to second-degree murder and kidnapping. He initially faced other charges including first-degree murder.

Authorities say Bequett’s body was found New Year’s Day 2013 near Espanola.

They say Rodriguez and then 17-year-old Jeremy Lopez beat Bequett with a gun and drove him to another location before Rodriguez shot him.

Lopez pleaded guilty in May to aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and conspiracy to commit kidnapping.

He has not yet been sentenced. 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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