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Former Alamogordo officer sentenced in vehicular homicide

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A former Alamogordo police officer received a 15-year sentence Monday on charges related to a 2019 vehicle wreck in Roswell that left one person dead and two others injured.

Luke Maxwell Towner (Submitted Photo)

Dianna Luce, district attorney for New Mexico’s 5th Judicial District, confirmed Wednesday that Judge James Hudson followed the state’s recommendation in sentencing Luke Maxwell Towner, 31, of Tularosa, to 12 years incarceration, with another three to be served on supervised probation, on one count of homicide by vehicle, driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or any drug.

Another three years in prison on a separate count of great bodily harm by vehicle, driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or any drug; and 90 days for aggravated driving while under the influence of liquor or any drug, will be served concurrently — at the same time — as the 15-year sentence for homicide by vehicle, according to court documents.

Towner, who according to the personnel division of the Alamogordo Police Department was an officer with that department from 2013 to 2016, pleaded guilty in October to the charges as part of a change of plea agreement.

Charges against Towner stem from a Dec. 5 accident that resulted in the death of 26-year-old Doug Annis of Roswell.

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Court documents state Towner, on the night of the incident, was driving his Toyota Tundra up to 70 mph in a 35-mph zone when he rear-ended a Hyundai Genesis that had stopped at the intersection of South Main and Hobbs streets for a traffic light.

Annis, who was in the backseat of the Hyundai, sustained fatal injuries from the collision and died at the scene.

The driver of the Hyundai, a 46-year-old woman, and a 28-year-old man who was in the passenger seat of the Genesis were subsequently transported to Eastern New Mexico Medical Center and treated for injuries.

A red Chevy sedan, which was also waiting at the traffic light, was also struck on the passenger side, however no one in that vehicle was reported injured.

When questioned at the scene, court documents state, Towner told officers he was drunk after consuming whiskey earlier in the night and was responsible for the collision.

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