Santa Fe Man Convicted in 2012 Party Killings

Mar 19, 2014

(Information in the following story is from: The Santa Fe New Mexican, http://www.sfnewmexican.com)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A man accused of fatally shooting two men at a Santa Fe-area Christmas party in 2012 has been found guilty of the slayings.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports a jury convicted 19-year-old Joe Rivera on Saturday of one count each of second-degree murder and voluntary manslaughter.

Prosecutors say Rivera shot 23-year-old John Griego and 29-year-old Nicholas Baker outside of Griego's home on Christmas Day.

They say Rivera fired a second bullet into Griego while he lay wounded, leading to the second-degree murder charge.

Jurors also found him guilty of evidence tampering and conspiracy to tamper with evidence.

David Silva, Rivera's attorney, says his client faces more than 30 years in prison.

Rivera says he was defending himself and his 16-year-old brother from Griego and another man.