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Convicted double-homicide killer gets consecutive life sentences

SANTA FE — A Santa Fe District Court judge sentenced a Santa Fe man to two consecutive life sentences for killing a young couple south of Santa Fe in October 2014.

Ricardo Martinez, 22, was found guilty last month of killing Venancio Cisneros, 18, and 13-year-old AnaMarie Ojeda while the three of them were parked in a car in the Valle Vista subdivision south of Santa Fe on October 24, 2014.

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Ricardo Martinez listen to his mother testify on his behalf during his sentencing hearing in state District Court in Santa Fe Monday March 6, 2017. Martinez received two consecutive life sentemces for the execution style killing of two teenagers in 2014. (Eddie Moore/Albuquerque Journal)

Prosecutors maintained Martinez shot Ojeda in the back of the head while she was sitting in the passenger seat and he was in the back seat. Martinez then turned the gun on Cisneros and shot him three times in the back of the head.

Martinez killed Cisneros over a drug debt and killed Ojeda simply because she was there, prosecutors said.

Martinez will have to be paroled out of his first sentence before he can start serving the second sentence. Inmates serving life sentences is are eigible for parole on a life sentence after 30 years. That means Martinez, serving two life sentences consecutively, will have to serve at least 60 years.

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