La Mesilla man sentenced in PlayStation killing

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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.

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