New Mexico

Suspect in fatal beatings in Albuquerque pleads no contest

One of three suspects in the fatal beatings of two homeless men in Albuquerque has pleaded no contest to first- and second-degree murder and no contest to aggravated battery with a dangerous weapon.

The teen was 15 at the time of the 2014 attacks and The Associated Press isn't naming him because he's still a juvenile.

The Albuquerque Journal (http://bit.ly/2aa4zVP) reports the teen's plea deal Wednesday calls for 45 years in prison, but he's only expected to serve 26 1/2 years with the remainder suspended.

He's scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 7.

Last year, Alex Rios was convicted of second-degree murder in the case. The 20-year-old Rios was sentenced in February to 67 1/2 years in prison.

Another co-defendant pleaded to second-degree murder in exchange for a maximum 20-year sentence.

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Information from: Albuquerque Journal, http://www.abqjournal.com