ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Gary Dubay, 27, was found dead from seven gunshot wounds on July 25, 1981. Rick Reynolds was convicted of killing Dubay after chasing his wife to Dubay’s house on Gene NW in Albuquerque because he believed the two were having an affair.
During his time in prison, Reynolds, a carpenter, steeled himself against what he called the “convict code” by keeping a small circle of friends and working in the prison shop.
He furnished then-Gov. Toney Anaya’s office with furniture he made in prison, and he gradually got more and more responsibility and freedom with dangerous tools that were not available to other prisoners.
Reynolds recommends that his fellow lifers keep their heads down, avoid troublemakers and try to rebuild family ties in order to improve their chances at release.
The Grants native also said that he got to know most every other lifer in prison during his time in prison in Hobbs and Los Lunas.
“There were a lot of them I wouldn’t want to get out. Others, I don’t know why they were denied,” Reynolds said in a phone interview from Portales. “It’s just crimes that happened when they were young, spontaneous crimes that weren’t cold-blooded.”
Reynolds estimated that about half of current lifers deserve to be released after their 30 years is up, and he described Reilly Johnson as a “pretty easygoing guy” who never got into trouble.