SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) – The state Supreme Court has upheld the conviction of inmate Robert Young for the killing of a prison guard more than a decade ago.
The court unanimously affirmed Young’s convictions of felony murder for killing guard Ralph Garcia, the attempted murder of inmate Adrian Mares and other charges, including possession of a deadly weapon by a prisoner.
Garcia was stabbed to death during a 1999 riot at the privately operated Guadalupe County Correctional Facility near Santa Rosa.
Young was sentenced to life in prison for killing Garcia and 24 years for other convictions. A life sentence requires an prisoner to serve at least 30 years before becoming eligible for parole.
The court issued its unanimous decision on Friday.