Police Officer Sentenced in Killing

Gallup, NM – A judge has sentenced a former Navajo police officer to 33 years in prison in last year's fatal shooting of his live-in girlfriend.

A jury convicted 46-year-old Harrison Largo last month of first-degree murder and tampering with evidence in the May 20, 2008, shooting death of Frieda Smith at the couple's Thoreau home. Largo, who apologized to Smith's family, asked state District Judge Grant Foutz to run the sentence for the two convictions consecutively.

That means he won't be eligible for parole until he has served nearly the entire term.

District Attorney Karl Gillson says Largo saved him from having to argue that the sentences should be consecutive.

Largo's public defender plans to appeal the conviction.

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