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Arizona takes interest in NM murder defendant

LAS CRUCES, N.M. -- A Las Cruces man whose original conviction was overturned on appeal has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of one of two pedestrians he struck while driving recklessly in 2005.

A judge on Monday sentenced Jeremiah Dowling to 10 years in prison in the death of 57-year-old Sharon McNair, with the sentence to start once he finishes serving other prison sentences.

Dowling had been convicted of first-degree murder in McNair's death and sentenced to life in prison, but the New Mexico Supreme Court overturned the murder conviction.

According to the Las Cruces Sun-News, prosecutor Jacinto Palomino said the district attorney's office is communicating with Arizona officials about Dowling being prosecuted there in an unrelated case, the 2005 fatal shooting in Mesa of Victor Chavez.

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