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Cold Case Murder Conviction In Clovis

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Clovis, New Mexico - A man who has been arrested for 4 murders over the past 37 years has pleaded guilty to an 11 year old Murder case in Clovis.

The District Attorney's office says 58 year old Lorenzo Chavez pleaded guilty to a 2nd degree murder charge for the 1998 Homicide of Jose Daniel Lopez at a Clovis home. Two years ago, investigators re-interviewed witnesses and re-created the crime scene which led to Chavez being named a suspect. He was sentenced to 13 years in the New Mexico State Penitentiary.

Chavez has an extensive criminal history in New Mexico. The District Attorney's office says he was involved in the murder of two Air Force men outside a Clovis bar in August of 1972. Chavez was found guilty on one of the men, but found not guilty on the other by reason of Insanity.

They say in 1981, while Chavez was serving time in Santa Fe, he was a major instigator of one of the most violent and deadly prison riots in New Mexico history.

Chavez has now been arrested for 4 murders over the past 37 years and is now convicted on his third separate murder conviction. Chavez has been in continuous state custody since 2005 for convictions related to Narcotics, Larceny, Domestic Battery, and Credit Card Fraud.