Las Cruces man pleads guilty to murder in girlfriend’s death

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) – A Las Cruces man accused of fatally stabbing and beating his girlfriend is facing life in prison after pleading guilty to first-degree murder.

Prosecutors say 24-year-old Corey Franklin entered his plea Friday. He’s scheduled to be sentenced on May 2.

Authorities say 24-year-old Graciela Hernandez was stabbed 11 times after a dispute with Franklin last January outside a home north of Las Cruces.

Franklin allegedly dragged Hernandez’s body into the house, placed her on a bed, covered her with blankets and left to go buy more alcohol.

Under New Mexico law, a life sentence means the defendant will spend a mandatory 30 years behind bars before being eligible for parole.

In exchange for Franklin pleading guilty to first-degree murder, prosecutors agreed to drop counts of kidnapping 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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