Man Sentenced to Life in Prison for Killing Odessa Man

Geechie Templeton
Geechie Templeton

MIDLAND - A New Mexico man has been sentenced to life in prison for killing an Odessa man during a drug deal.

Geechie Templeton of Hobbs was sentenced to life Thursday in Midland Federal Court. He shot and killed Gabriel Rodriguez of Odessa after stealing two kilos of cocaine from him.

After the shooting, Templeton was on the run for three months before he was caught in Topeka, Kansas.

Templeton was also sentenced to 10 years in prison on drug charges.