PORTALES (KSEL)- Gerardo Marquez, age 36, of Portales, NM, was sentenced for the murder of Erika Zamorano.
The Honorable Donna J. Mowrer presided over the hearing today and sentenced Marquez to 16 years in prison which includes a one-year enhancement for the use of a firearm.
On April 19, 2018, Erika Zamorano, age 32, was found dead inside her Portales residence from a single gunshot wound to the head. Zamorano and Marquez had been reported to be in an intimate relationship before her death. The day Zamorano’s body was found, family members had become concerned because she failed to pick her children up from school that day.
Deputy District Attorney Jake Boazman stated at the hearing today that he believed this was a first-degree murder case, however, the Grand Jury indicted on a second degree murder.
Erika Zamorano’s mother and sister gave victim impact statements to the Court, and sister, Arlene, stated that she forgave Marquez.
The State presented evidence that Marquez is a habitual offender, however Marquez denied the allegations, forcing the Court to hold a habitual offender hearing at a later date.
If the prior convictions are proven, Marquez would face an additional four years making his sentence a total of 20 years. The crime is classified as a serious violent offense which means Marquez will have to serve 85% of his sentence before being considered for parole.
Jake Boazman and Quentin Ray, Deputy District Attorneys, prosecuted the case for the State. Marquez was represented by criminal defense attorney, Daniel Lindsey, of Clovis, NM.