New Mexico Man Held on $100M Bond in Burning Death of Wrestler

A 19-year-old Albuquerque man is being held on a $100 million bond in the death of a former high school wrestler.

Jose Sullivan was arraigned Sunday on an open count of murder, along with tampering with evidence and conspiracy in connection with the death of Vincent Espinosa, a former Rio Rancho High School wrestler.

Sullivan is being held at the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Detention Center.

Police still are searching for two other men — James Gordon, 26, and Elias Urioste, 22 — in connection with Espinosa's death.

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Espinosa was shot once in the stomach, according to the criminal complaint.

Instead of taking Espinosa to a hospital, the three are accused of taking him to a mesa, removing his shoes and rings and pouring gasoline and alcohol in his mouth and over his body before lighting him on fire.

Espinosa's body was found on the mesa west of Albuquerque in early February. His parents had reported him missing Feb. 1.

The warrants say the three had picked up Espinosa and were cruising when an argument began. Sullivan grabbed Espinosa and he and Gordon began to hit him. The warrants accuse Urioste, who was allegedly on drugs at the time, of shooting Espinosa in the stomach.

Albuquerque police spokeswoman Trish Hoffman said Gordon and Urioste are considered armed and dangerous.

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