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Roswell man sentenced in 2017 murder

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Following a two-day hearing, a Roswell man accused of murdering a woman and later shooting a former Lincoln County sheriff’s deputy in 2017, was sentenced to 45 years in prison with six more years suspended and to be served on probation.

A press release issued Friday by John Sugg, district attorney for the 12th Judicial District, which is composed of Lincoln and Otero counties, stated that Judge Daniel A. Bryant sentenced Andrew Magill, 28, of Roswell, after the two-day hearing.

Magill pleaded guilty to second-degree murder. He initially entered a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity to the April 1, 2017 killing of MaryAnn Moorhouse after Dr. Noah Kaufman found that Magill was insane at the time of the incident.

Another psychiatrist later hired by the prosecution evaluated Magill and said he was sane at the time of the killing but had been under a drug-induced psychosis at the time of the murder, the release states.

Magill will be required to serve at least 85% of his 45-year sentence before he becomes eligible for parole. Should he violate probation when he is released, he can be ordered to serve an additional six years in prison, according to the release.

Magill is accused of striking Moorhouse with an ax four times, killing and nearly decapitating her on a ranch in Glencoe where she worked.

The release states he then hitchhiked to the Ruidoso Downs Police Department where he “admitted to officers he had just killed a man and chopped a woman’s head off with an ax so that he ‘could save the world.’”

Officers not knowing that Magill had killed Moorhouse, then transported him to Lincoln County Medical Center for a mental health evaluation.

The body of Moorhouse was then discovered a short time after. When law enforcement later came to the medical center to secure Magill, he later was able to grab a firearm from Deputy Josh Green’s holster and shoot Green once in the bicep.

Because the gun had jammed after the first shot, law enforcement were soon able to seize the weapon and take Magill into custody.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or at breakingnews@rdrnews.com.