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Suspect in New Mexico MMA fighter home invasion case strikes plea deal

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LAS CRUCES, New Mexico — A Las Cruces man charged with attempted first-degree murder in a home invasion involving a professional mixed martial artist has entered a plea deal.

Raymond Garces pleaded no contest to a criminal trespassing charge on Wednesday in Las Cruces District Court.

Investigators said Joseph Torrez, a professional mixed martial arts fighter, was home with his fiancee and his young son when Garces and three other men forced their way into his home and an altercation ensued.

Deputies later found the body of 25-year-old Sal Garces, who had stab wounds.

Prosecutors later declined the charge Torrez.

Judge Fernando Macias delayed sentencing 20-year-old Raymond Garces and ordered a pre-sentence report to be completed by the adult probation office prior to rendering his decision.

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