Man sentenced in 2012 murder of 7-Eleven clerk

Updated: 08/25/2014 4:25 PM | Created: 08/25/2014 3:20 PM
By: Elizabeth Reed,

ALBUQUERQUE -- A 24-year-old man will spend nearly four decades behind bars for killing a 7-Eleven clerk during an attempted robbery in 2012.

Eloy Aguilar was sentenced to a mandatory 37 years in prison on Monday. Under a plea deal, Aguilar pleaded guilty to second degree murder, kidnapping, attempt to commit a felony (robbery) and tampering with evidence.

On July 17, 2012, Aguilar shot and killed Chad Mercer while two other men, Julian DeHerrera and Dylan Villarreal, robbed people in the parking lot of the 7-Eleven at Central and University.

Villareal received a 30-month sentence for the robbery after he pleaded no contest to two counts of conspiracy to commit armed robbery.

DeHerrera pleaded guilty in July to conspiracy to commit armed robbery, attempt to commit armed robbery and armed robbery with a firearm, and was sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Police said the men intended to rob the convenience store when Aguilar shot Mercer.

Aguilar will serve a term of five years of supervised probation after his release from prison.

Eloy Aguilar, 24.

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