DEMING, N.M. (KRQE) – Two inmates at the Luna County Detention Center will serve more time behind bars for attacking corrections officers. Federal prosecutors say another inmate, Johnny Black, started a fight with the corrections staff in February 2021 and Victor Sanchez and Jacob Merkel joined the fight.


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Merkel, serving a nearly 14-year sentence for robbery, was sentenced to an additional 15 months. Sanchez will serve another 21-month sentence. He was already serving an 8-year sentence on a gun charge.