Man convicted in 2014 beating death of friend

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LOS LUNAS, N.M. (KRQE) – A teen murderer is now waiting to see if he will be sentenced as an adult.

Brandon Villalobos was just 15 when he beat 12-year-old Alex Madrid to death in Meadow Lake in 2014. After years of competency hearings, Villalobos was found guilty of second-degree murder on Monday.

The decision now is whether he should be sentenced as an adult. If he is, he faces up to 18 years. If he is sentenced as a juvenile, he’ll be free to go because he’s already 21.

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