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Man gets 2nd life sentence for prison gang plot, killing

June 13, 2019

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A man who authorities say is the leader of a prison gang has been given a second life sentence plus 10 years for his role in the killing of an inmate and the failed plot to kill two New Mexico prison officials.

The Albuquerque Journal reports Anthony Ray Baca was sentenced Wednesday in federal court for the death of 34-year-old Javier Molina, who was stabbed 43 times by Syndicato de Nuevo Mexico gang members.

Molina was killed in his cell at the Southern New Mexico Correctional facility near Las Cruces.

Baca also was convicted for conspiracy to kill two top state corrections department officials, including Secretary Gregg Marcantel.

Baca’s second life sentence will run consecutively.

Baca’s attorneys are appealing the conviction.

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Information from: Albuquerque Journal, http://www.abqjournal.com

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