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Shaun Murphy, 36, was sentenced to 40 years in prison in 2002 after he pleaded guilty to killing 16-year-old transgender Navajo student Fred Martinez Jr. in an apparent hate crime (Source: Department of Corrections). 

Colorado state officials say a New Mexico man who murdered a LGBT teenager has moved to the state after being released from prison.

The Durango Herald reports that then 18-year-old Shaun Murphy was sentenced to 40 years in prison in 2002 after he plead guilty to killing 16-year-old Navajo student Fred Martinez Jr. in an apparent hate crime.

State officials say Murphy pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in New Mexico after facing the possibility of life in prison.

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Officials say the plea deal held a potential sentence of four to 48 years.

Officials say the now 36-year-old man was released in May 2018 and currently resides in Greeley where he has been restricted from consuming alcohol and intoxicating drugs.

LGBT advocates say his release could perpetuate fear in LGBT communities.

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