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Three Teens Charged With Murder

Alex Rios, 18, Nathaniel Carrillo, 16, and Gilbert Tafoya, 15, are charged with two open counts of murder, tampering with evidence, three counts aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and robbery, according to court documents. A first-degree murder conviction carries a life sentence, and offenders are eligible for parole after 30 years. A 15, 16, or 17 year old convicted of first-degree murder would receive the same punishment as an adult convicted of first-degree murder, said Kayla Anderson, a spokeswoman for the district attorney. Rios, Carrillo and Tafoya are accused of beating two homeless men to death with cinder blocks, poles and sticks late Friday night. The men’s bodies were found Saturday morning. Police said the injuries to the victims were so severe that police haven’t been able to identify them.

Source: ABQ Journal