ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Supreme Court has ruled that an inmate sentenced to prison for racketeering can be separately prosecuted for murder and other offenses that served as a basis for the conviction.

The Alamogordo Daily News reports that the state Supreme Court ruled Thursday that federal and state constitutional protections against double jeopardy will not prohibit the prosecution of Matias Loza for one count each of felony murder, felony arson and felony bribery of a police officer.

Twelfth Judicial District Attorney John Sugg says it was the oldest case on the Supreme Court's docket.

Authorities say Loza was a member of a drug trafficking organization known as the AZ Boys.

He was convicted of racketeering and conspiracy to commit racketeering in 2014 and was sentenced to 12 years in prison.


Information from: Alamogordo Daily News,