New Mexico man gets 20 years for 2 fatal shootings

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LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) – A New Mexico man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to shooting and killing two people.

The Las Vegas Optic reports that 46-year-old Donald Valdez was sentenced Monday to the maximum amount allowed under his plea agreement with prosecutors.

Prosecutors say Valdez fatally shot Fred Montoya and Bernadine Garcia inside a mobile home in Cleveland after an argument in October 2015. Amanda Miera was also shot in the left shoulder and survived.

District Judge Matthew Sandoval also ordered Valdez to serve a minimum of 16 1/2 years before he can be considered for release. Valdez will be given credit for the 13 months he has spent behind bars at the San Miguel county Detention Center.

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