ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – A teen who helped beat two homeless men to death for the fun of it learned his fate Thursday, but not before hearing from the victim’s families.
The families gave emotional statements before Gilbert Tafoya apologized to the court for his part in the murders three years ago.
An apologetic Tafoya spoke before the victims’ families Thursday after emotional pleas from both families.
Both of the victims’ sisters asked the judge to give Tafoya the maximum possible sentence to keep him off the streets.
The victims Allison Gorman and Kee Thompson were members of the Navajo Nation but were homeless in Albuquerque at the time of their deaths in July of 2014.
Police say the two men were sleeping on a discarded mattress in a lot by Central and 60th when Tafoya, who was 15-years-old at the time, and older teens bludgeoned them with cinder blocks and poles.
Tafoya testified against the other two in exchange for lesser murder charges.
Thursday, the judge sentenced Tafoya to serve 20 of his 48-year sentence.
Tafoya is now 19-years-old.