Judge: Teen accused in Albuquerque man’s murder to be sentenced as adult

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – One of the teens accused of murdering an Albuquerque bartender will be sentenced as an adult.

Christopher Rodriguez, 18, is one of the six teens police say were breaking into homes and cars and killed Steven Gerecke when he confronted them in his driveway.

Originally facing murder charges, Rodriguez struck a plea deal, pleading guilty to nine lesser charges.

Tuesday, Judge Brett Lovelace decided he will be sentenced as an adult.

The judge says he believes Rodriguez poses a high risk of future violence and will not take advantage of counseling and other services in the juvenile justice system.

Judge Lovelace also pointed out that Rodriguez has repeatedly violated probation in prior cases, has a very low IQ, has escalated in violence over the years, and had a rough childhood, using drugs and alcohol regularly starting in sixth grade.

Rodriguez faces up to 31 years behind bars when he is sentenced.

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