Man convicted of fatally beating transients faces sentencing

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A young man convicted of beating two homeless men to death with cinder blocks and other objects in New Mexico's largest city faces sentencing on more than a dozen felony charges.

A jury has found 20-year-old Alex Rios guilty of killing Alison Gorman and Kee Thompson in 2014. Rios could be sentenced Friday to up to 15 years each for two second-degree murder convictions.

The maximum sentences for Rios' other felony convictions range from nine years to 18 months.

Police say Gorman and Thompson were sleeping on a mattress in a vacant lot in Albuquerque when Rios and two of his friends attacked them. The other two were juveniles at the time and have been charged.

Relatives say the victims had come to Albuquerque from the Navajo Nation to find work.