Manuel Martinez sentenced to 99 years behind bars

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

99 years behind bars is the sentence for a Hobbs man convicted of a double murder.

42-year old Manuel Martinez was sentenced in a New Mexico District Court Tuesday.

In September, the same jury found Martinez guilty of 2 counts of first degree murder for the deaths of a Hobbs couple in their rock and gem store, more than five years ago.

The body of 82-year-old Ervin Tafoya was found July 24th, 2002.

His 80-year-old wife, Julia Tafoya, was found alive but she died three days later at a hospital in Lubbock.