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Deputy Sheriff James Francis McGrane, Jr. | Bernalillo County Sheriff's Department, New Mexico Bernalillo County Sheriff's Department, New Mexico

Deputy Sheriff

James Francis McGrane, Jr.

Bernalillo County Sheriff's Department, New Mexico

End of Watch: Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 38

Tour: 13 years, 6 months

Badge # 251

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; 10 mm

Offender: Sentenced to 43.5 years

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Deputy Sheriff James McGrane was shot and killed while making a traffic stop on Highway 337 at 12:46 am.

Unknown to Deputy McGrane, the driver of the vehicle was connected to a 2005 murder. As he approached the vehicle, Deputy McGrane was shot twice and died at the scene from his wounds.

Within minutes of Deputy McGrane calling in the stop witnesses in the area called 911 to report hearing two gunshots and seeing a white pickup flee the scene.

The suspect was a parolee who had previously served at least six years in jail on unrelated charges. The suspect was apprehended in Juarez, Mexico, on April 3rd, 2006. On June 4th, 2010 the suspect was found guilty of the killing of Deputy McGrane, tampering with evidence, and being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. He was sentenced to 43-1/2 years. On August 4th, 2012, he was convicted of the 2005 murder and sentenced to 28 years to be served after the expiration of his first sentence.

Deputy McGrane had served with the Bernalillo County Sheriff's Department for three years. He had previously served with the New Mexico State Police and United States Postal Inspection Service for a total of 10-1/2 years. He is survived by his wife, parents, and sister.

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Your killer is apparently not eligible for good behavior time so if he is ever released he would around 100 years old. Your killer actually avoided the death penalty (legal in New Mexico at the time) but he will stay locked up likely for the rest of his life

August 12, 2016


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