Hobbs Man Sentenced to Life in Prison

Aubrey Savage
Aubrey Savage

HOBBS, N.M. (AP) - A 26-year-old Hobbs man has been sentenced to life in prison after being convicted of first-degree murder in the January shooting death of a construction worker during a drunken brawl at a dance hall.

Aubrey Savage was handed his sentence Monday by state District Judge William Shoobridge. Authorities say 28-year-old Yurhonnd DeLoach who was shot five times.

Witnesses testified that Savage shot DeLoach in the back while the victim was on the ground.

Defense attorney Jesse Cosby argued at trial that prosecutors couldn't prove Savage fired the fatal shots.