New Mexico Man Sentenced in Connection with a Shooting Death in Hobbs

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

A New Mexico man will spend the rest of the year in prison for his part in a shooting death in Hobbs last year.

22-year old Alex Tovar was sentenced to 10 months behind bars after he plead guilty to conspiracy and tampering with evidence charges.

Prosecutors say Tovar was behind the wheel when Josh Barrientes was gunned down in Hobbs in February of 2008 at a Hobbs intersection.

Tovar was originally charged with capital murder.

Prosecutors dropped the murder charges after they didn't get a murder conviction against Jose Garcia, who was the trigger man.

Instead, the jury convicted him of voluntary manslaughter and was sentenced to 13-and-a half years in prison.

We're told Tovar will get credit for time served for time he has spent in jail.