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Court affirms convictions for Clovis double murder


SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico's highest court has upheld the convictions of a Clovis man for the shooting deaths of two people in 2008.


Anthony Casillas was sentenced to consecutive life sentences for two first-degree murder convictions and additional time for evidence tampering and being a felon in possession of a firearm.


The Supreme Court affirmed the convictions last week and rejected arguments that Casillas' sentence was improper.


The 26-year-old will be imprisoned for at least 60 years before he's eligible for parole. A life sentence requires 30 years in prison before the possibility of parole.


Casillas shot a Melrose man and a Texas woman while the three were riding in a van in Clovis.


Casillas and the man had worked together and had a history of friction, according to the court.


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