Plea deal expected in MMA fighter home invasion case

LAS CRUCES (AP) – A Las Cruces man charged with attempted first-degree murder in a home invasion involving a professional mixed martial artist is expected to enter a plea deal.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports ( that 20-year-old Raymond Garces is scheduled Wednesday to appear before a Las Cruces District Court judge. However, his attorney, Jonathan Miller, declined to give details of the plea agreement.

Investigators said Joseph Torrez, a professional mixed martial arts fighter, was home with his fiancee and his young son when Garces and three other men forced their way into his home and an altercation ensued.

Deputies later found the body of 25-year-old Sal Garces, who had stab wounds.

Prosecutors later declined the charge Torrez. 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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