Tue. Feb 25th, 2020

Portales man found guilty of habitual offenses adding years to his sentence

PORTALES (KSEL)- A Portales man has been found guilty of being a habitual offender resulting in additional years to his sentence.

On September 27, a Roosevelt County jury found Gerardo Marquez, age 36, of Portales  guilty of  Second Degree Murder of Erica Zamorano. Monday, the State presented evidence that Marquez is a habitual offender, and imposed an additional four years making his sentence a total of 20 years.

On April 19, 2018, Erika Zamorano, age 32, was found dead inside her Portales residence from a single gunshot wound to the head. Family members had become concerned because she failed to pick her children up from school that day. Reports showed that Zamorano and Marquez had been in an intimate relationship.

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.