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      Clovis man sentenced to life in prison

      Enrique DeLeon, 29, of Clovis was sentenced to life in prison for the 2011 deaths of two people.

      Enrique DeLeon, 29, of Clovis was sentenced to life in prison for the 2011 deaths of two people.

      DeLeon was convicted by a jury on Feb. 7 of this year for gunning down his next door neighbors, Joe Valero, 44, and Guadalupe Castendeda, 25, both of Clovis.

      The incident took place on Sept. 13, 2011, in Clovis. During argument at a backyard BBQ, DeLeon fired multiple rounds from a .45 caliber handgun into the yard where numerous children were playing.

      Joe Valero was shot twice in the chest and once in the leg. Guadalupe Casteneda was shot once in the abdomen. Valero died at the scene, and Casteneda died later after being airlifted to a Lubbock hospital. DeLeon was arrested that night by the Clovis Police Department.

      DeLeon has been in custody since his arrest. At the hearing today, Judge Teddy L. Hartley ran all the crimes concurrently.

      Under New Mexico law, DeLeon will have to serve at least 30 years before being eligible for parole.