Accused 2016 ATM shooter sentenced in robbery case


The man accused of killing a local veteran at an ATM is still awaiting trial for that crime, but Thursday he was sentenced for a robbery he committed just days before the murder. 

Matthew Chavez, 27, is accused of shooting 24-year-old Tyler Lackey after he withdrew money from an ATM near Yale and Gibson in 2016.

Chavez has been charged with a string of violent crimes in New Mexico and Oklahoma.

However, it was a series of crimes in 2016 that investigators say turned deadly. 

In February, he robbed a Cricket Wireless store. Then days later, Chavez allegedly murdered Tyler Lackey during a robbery at an ATM.

Police say Chavez fired at least three shots, killing Lackey.

He then fled to Oklahoma where he was arrested for robbing a Hastings.

Chavez was sentenced to three years for that crime, and now he is back in New Mexico facing judgment day for the Cricket Wireless robbery.

Thursday prosecutors asked the judge to give him the max of three years.

Chavez’s attorney started with an interesting quote: “To quote Socrates justice is not what we want it’s what we deserve.”

Then he proceeded to plead for the judge to give Chavez just 18 months in prison saying his crimes were drug-fueled.

Public Defender Martin Juarez said, “allowing him to serve that time and then come out on probation allows him to prove himself and seek that counseling.”

Judge Alisha Hart sentenced Chavez to the maximum of three years for the robbery charge.

He will have to serve that time after his Oklahoma sentence is up. 

Chavez is scheduled to go on trial for Tyler Lackey’s murder in September. If convicted he faces life in prison. 

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