Albuquerque man sentenced for killing 19-year-old girlfriend

Shaun Ryals
Shaun Ryals

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – An Albuquerque man must wait 27 years before he gets out of prison. Shaun Ryals, 22, was sentenced Wednesday for stabbing 19-year-old Guadalupe Morales more than 30 times back in 2013.

Ryals then put her body in the trunk of a car, drove it behind the Walmart near Coors and I-40 and set it on fire.

He testified that they had been drinking at the time and had no recollection of what happened.

Ryals was found guilty of second degree murder as well as arson and tampering with evidence. 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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