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Man to serve 10 years in prison for murdering girlfriend

Morgan Aguilar
October 17, 2017 10:13 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- An Albuquerque man was sentenced to 10 years in prison for murdering his girlfriend in July 2016, but the case is not closed for the Bernalillo County District Attorney’s Office.

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Christopher Fernandez admitted he murdered Alma Contreras and carjacked someone at the Route 66 Casino. He then caused an hours-long SWAT standoff at his ex-wife’s apartment before police eventually took Fernandez into custody.

"And here is where she met the person that took her life," Contreras' mother Maria Rodriguez told the court through a translator.

Rodriguez said Contreras’ children have not been able to move past their mother’s death and are in therapy.

Leading up to Fernandez’s sentencing, Judge Cindy Leos hit state prosecutor James Grayson with a fine for not conducting interviews with their own DNA expert on time. Another public defender told KOB that appealing the fine will cost taxpayers far more than if the D.A. were to pay the $750 sanction.

The District Attorney’s office tells KOB: "We will aggressively appeal these types of sanctions. Our job is to protect the rights of the citizens of Bernalillo County, and that includes taking the necessary steps to ensure the State is treated fairly when prosecuting cases under the CMO."

That case management order is what determines the deadlines attorneys are expected to meet.

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