Portales, NM – Ninth Judicial District Attorney, Andrea Reeb, announced that today, Gerardo Marquez, age 36, of Portales, NM, was found to be a habitual offender and was sentenced to an additional four years for the murder of Erika Zamorano. On September 27, 2019, a Roosevelt County jury found Marquez guilty of Second Degree Murder.
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. Zamorano and Marquez had been in an intimate relationship.
The Honorable Donna J. Mowrer presided over the trial on November 18, 2019 and sentenced Marquez to 16 years in prison which includes a one-year enhancement for the use of a firearm. Today, the State presented evidence that Marquez is a habitual offender, and Judge Mowrer imposed 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.
For more information, please contact the District Attorney’s Office at 575-769-2246.