Cannon AFB given Jurisdiction to Prosecute Death of Airman

New Mexico

Cannon Air Force Base has been given jurisdiction to prosecute the death of a Cannon airman.

Ninth Judicial District Attorney Andrea Reeb made that announcement today.

Officials said Marcus Jimenez, 23, of Olton died from a gunshot wound in Clovis on July 5, 2018. 

Police stated in a release that two men had been “playing” with a firearm while consuming alcohol. 

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Jimenez was transported to the Plains Regional Medical Center and then to a hospital in Lubbock where he died on July 10.

“After speaking with the military, law enforcement involved, and the victim’s family, I believe letting the military handle a case involving two of their own airman is the best decision,” said Reeb. “The military should be allowed in certain circumstances to handle cases that impact their organization. The military’s penalties are similar if not higher than the State’s penalties. The District Attorney’s Office will continue to assist the military in any way possible.”

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