Third teen sentenced in beating deaths of two homeless men
December 14, 2017 05:48 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- The third teen convicted of brutally beating two homeless men to death in Albuquerque three years ago will spend the next 20 years in prison.
A judge handed down the sentence for Gilbert Tafoya Thursday afternoon as part of a plea deal. In 2015, Tafoya pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree murder and other charges.
He began serving his two-decade-long sentence in prison after apologizing to the victim's family in court. Judge Briana Zamora sentenced Tafoya in front of a packed courtroom.
"I think the degree of brutality in this case is unprecedented," she said. "I personally haven't seen anything like it in my courtroom, and I've seen quite a bit."
Tafoya was 15 years old in 2014 when he and two other teens beat Kee Thompson and Allison Gorman to death as the two homeless men slept in a vacant lot off Central Avenue. In court, Tafoya apologized to the victims' families.
"Three years ago, I made a very bad choice and it weighs heavily on me every day," he said. "I can't even say how sorry I am. I would ask for forgiveness, but I can't even forgive myself."
The heartbroken families of Thompson and Gorman also spoke in court, telling the judge how the murders devastated their lives.
"I cannot believe that human beings at such a young age would an action like this, like these three boys have done, not only that but to a person like my dad."
The other two teens involved -- Nathaniel Carillo and Alex Rios -- are already serving prison sentences for their roles in the murders.
Created: December 14, 2017 05:48 PM
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