New Mexico

Attorneys: Suspect in road-rage shooting agrees to plea deal

Attorneys for the Albuquerque man charged in a road rage shooting that killed a 4-year-old girl say they have reached a plea deal with prosecutors a day before the trial in the case was expected to begin.

Defense attorneys Todd Farkas and Stephen Taylor say their client Tony Torrez will plead guilty to second-degree murder under the plea agreement that calls for him to serve a 16-year sentence.

His sentencing hearing is set for tomorrow.

Torrez who was arrested a day after the Oct. 20, 2015, shooting had been charged with first-degree murder and assault.

The shooting on Interstate 40 that killed preschooler Lilly Garcia sent shockwaves through the state last year. She had been riding in the backseat of her father's pickup truck when she was shot.