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Court upolds convictions in killing of West Side jewelry store worker

SANTA FE, N.M. — A New Mexico Supreme Court ruling upholds a man’s convictions in a 2013 robbery killing of an Albuquerque jewelry store employee.

Manuel Gardner (Source: NM Attorney General’s Office)

The justices’ unanimous decision Thursday turns down Manuel Gardner’s appeal of his convictions for first-degree murder and armed robbery stemming from the killing of Richard Glass during a holdup of the National Jewelry Buyers store at 9784 Coors NW.

The state Attorney General’s Office says surveillance cameras caught the crimes on video and that witnesses stated Gardner made off with $1,800 and spent it on heroin.

Gardner was sentenced to life in prison.