ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - A notorious New Mexico killer has died 50 years before his prison sentence ended.
Carlos Herrera, 31, was just 20-years-old when he murdered 17-year-old Ricky Martinez and 17-year-old Karen Castanon as they walked to El Santuario de Chimayo on Good Friday, 2000.
Herrera shot Ricky first then kidnapped Karen took her to a remote area and shot her too.
He was sentenced to two life sentences and would not have been eligible for parole until his turned 60-years-old.
Prison officials say Herrera died last week at UNM Hospital from what they call natural causes.
While officials can not say if he had a serious illness, they could confirm he has been transported to UNM Hospital many times over the last couple years.
Manners matter especially during the holiday season.
You've heard us talk a lot about Toys for Tots and how you can help needy kids in Albuquerque this Christmas.
The final Toys for Tots collections have been made and the generosity of folks around Albuquerque has been great as always.