Man gets over 27 years in Christmas Day killings

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Posted: Tuesday, June 10, 2014 10:00 pm | Updated: 11:16 am, Wed Jun 11, 2014.

The sounds of mothers and sisters sobbing filled the courtroom Tuesday morning as a Santa Fe teenager was sentenced to more than 27 years in prison for fatally shooting two other young men at a party on Christmas Day 2012.

Joe C. Rivera had just turned 18 when he shot Johnny Griego, 23, and Nicholas Baker, 29, at the Griego home south of Santa Fe during a dispute over a $50 bottle of liquor and supposed gang affiliations.

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  • Francisco Carbajal posted at 7:00 am on Thu, Jun 12, 2014.

    FranciscoCarbajal Posts: 219

    This little gang banger will get high rewards in the prison system. Yet, he will serve his 85% sentence with style and end up growing up into a violent prison gang system with honors. Santa Fe does have a serious gang problem, but the law enforcement officials on the local, county, and state can't keep up with who's connected to who or what? And yes, don't kid yourself that Santa Fe and its surrounding county neighborhoods has a serious gang problem that is violent and sitting on a powder of uncontrolled criminal behavior. Who's watching the chicken house?

  • Randal Doering posted at 5:10 pm on Wed, Jun 11, 2014.

    Neodoering Posts: 47

    Life is cheap in New Mexico. 15 years for murder, and 6 years for manslaughter? You can rob a person of their life and be out in a few years! This guy will be in his mid 40's when he gets out of the slam. He'll be able to pick right up where he left off, killing other people.

    He should get 25 to life for each murder and serve a minimum of 50 years, with no time off for good behavior. He should be 70 when he gets out of prison. Prosecution is giving him a slap on the wrist. He'll use his momentary confinement to network and meet more people like himself, contacts he can use when he gets out in a few years and returns to his violent lifestyle.

    My heart goes out to the families of the victims, who have suffered a permanent loss. As to this guy's crocodile tears, are you joking?

  • Karyn Woods posted at 2:12 pm on Wed, Jun 11, 2014.

    Kay Woods Posts: 5

    True, he probably deserved a much harsher sentence. But in this town where justice sometimes does not exist, you have to take it and run. I think it's pathetic how he's standing there crying like a big ole gang-banger baby.

  • Jolene Lockhart posted at 10:07 am on Wed, Jun 11, 2014.

    Hart2Hart1111 Posts: 11

    [thumbup] When my sister and her son were killed at Concentra, their killer only served 1 and half year. Viviana, Janell and David George were killed by vehicular manslaughter! Rachael Ruiz did not have a seizure, the Doctors were going to testify to that. She hurt an additional 6 Concentra employee in the process. One who is in a wheel chair for life. 1 and half year she served. It was a common joke that if you killed in Santa Fe you would get away with it. I hope this sends a message. FINALLY a judge in Santa Fe who believes in justice! She has my vote for as long as needed!

  • Sabine Strohem posted at 6:35 am on Wed, Jun 11, 2014.

    Sabine_Strohem Posts: 118

    It's apparent Mr. Rivera is not fit to walk among us. Glad he won't be.

  • Carolyn Garcia-Martinez posted at 9:15 pm on Tue, Jun 10, 2014.

    CarolynDM Posts: 427

    Finally! A judge in this town hands out a reasonable sentence. The damn gang-bangers in this town should take note, but they won't. They think they are smarter and tougher than everyone else and the only thing they are are a bunch of foolish looking jerks. It appears the only reason he's sorry for what he did is because he's just lost 27 years of his life. Little gang-bangers cry only for themselves. Bwaaahhh!!!

  • Andrew Lucero posted at 9:07 pm on Tue, Jun 10, 2014.

    Andrew Lucero Posts: 132

    It's a shame that 27 years was the most he could get. If there was ever a candidate deserving of life without the possibility of parole, Rivera would be it....


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