Carlsbad Teen Sentenced to 60 Years in Prison

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) - A 17-year-old Carlsbad boy convicted of first-degree murder has been sentenced to 60 years in prison.

John Gamble was found guilty in September by a jury for first-degree murder, kidnapping, retaliating against a witness and tampering with evidence in connection with the death of 15-year-old Joseph Garcia in October of 2008.

District Judge Jane Shuler Gray hit Gamble Monday with the maximum sentence because she felt the teen showed no sign of remorse for severely beating Garcia, waiting to watch him die, and lighting his body on fire.

Gamble was also found guilty of kidnapping, retaliating against a witness and tampering with evidence.

Gamble's attorney John Fredland previously blamed months of drug use, depression and run-ins with the law for Gamble unleashing on Garcia last fall.