Court Affirms Convictions in Carlsbad Killing

Staff Report
The Associated Press

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - The state Supreme Court has upheld the convictions of a Carlsbad teenager for the killing of a 15-year-old in 2008.

John Gamble was sentenced to 60 years in prison for murder, kidnapping and other crimes in the death of Joseph Garcia. The victim was beaten and burned, and his body was found off of a dirt road outside of Carlsbad in October 2008.

The Supreme Court unanimously affirmed Gamble's convictions in a decision issued Friday.

In his appeal, Gamble contended that his confession to police shouldn't have been used as evidence in his trial and that there wasn't enough evidence to support the first-degree murder conviction. The Supreme Court disagreed.

Gamble was 16 at the time of the killing, and he turns 20 in September.