Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

2 Lawmakers Sponsor Bills To Repeal Death Penalty.(Legislature)

Byline: S.U. Mahesh Journal Capitol Bureau

SANTA FE Two Democrats from Albuquerque are sponsoring bills to repeal the death penalty in New Mexico and replace it with life imprisonment without parole.

Sen. Manny Aragon and Rep. Gail Beam are sponsoring the identical measures in the Senate and the House, respectively. Beam said the bills would not apply retroactively to the four men already on death row.

In a news conference at the Capitol, Beam said the death penalty does not deter crime and costs the state "an enormous amount of money."

She said New Mexico should stop "the state-sponsored killings."

Aragon did not attend the news conference. …

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