Thomas Lopez gets 18 years for beating girlfriend to death

Thomas Lopez (Ninth Judicial District Attorney’s Office)

A 33-year-old man in New Mexico will spend less than two decades behind bars after he admitted to kidnapping, torturing, and beating his onetime girlfriend to death with a golf club last year, prosecutors said.

Ninth Judicial District Court Judge Donna J. Mowrer on Monday ordered Thomas Lopez to serve a sentence of 18 years in prison — which includes a four-year habitual offender enhancement — for the slaying of Subrina Calderon.

According to a press release from the district attorney for Curry and Roosevelt Counties, Lopez pleaded guilty to charges of second-degree murder, kidnapping, and resisting, evading, or obstructing a police officer prior to being sentenced. Due to the seriousness of Lopez’s violent offense, the court mandated that he will be required to serve 85% of his sentence, which is just over 15 years.

Lopez was facing a maximum of 18 years on the kidnapping charge, 15 years on the murder charge, and 364 days on the evading charge in addition to the habitual offender enhancements.

Prosecutors say that Roosevelt County sheriff’s deputies on Feb. 24, 2022, responded to a call from Roosevelt General Hospital regarding a woman — later identified as Calderon — who had been brought in with a plethora of serious injuries after having been “kidnapped, beaten, battered and struck with a golf club multiple times.”

“The victim later succumbed to her injuries that were sustained by Lopez beating her with the golf club,” the release states.

Court records obtained by ABC affiliate KAMC provided additional details regarding the brutal crime.

Thomas Lopez gets 18 years for beating girlfriend to death

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