CLOVIS, N.M. (KRQE) - A District Judge Friday sentenced Anthony Casillas to two life terms plus additional time for lesser crimes in the 2008 murder of two people in Clovis.
Casillas, 24, shot Gary Payne, 52, and Melissa Ward, 36, and they drove in a van in Clovis on Sept. 25, 2008. Police were initially called to the reported crash of the van into a cinderblock wall.
Payne and Ward died of their injuries, and Casillas already had fled the scene.
District Attorney Matthew Chandler said the district's Major Crimes Unit was activated and a week after the shootings arrested Casillas in Roswell.
A jury convicted Casillas on Aug. 9, but sentencing was postponed until Friday.
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