SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) – The New Mexico Legislature has voted to repeal the death penalty.

The bill now goes to Gov. Bill Richardson, who opposed repeal in the past, but says he would consider signing it.

The Senate voted 24-18 on Friday in favor of the bill, which replaces capital punishment with a sentence of life-without parole.

The House approved the bill a month ago.

Two men are on New Mexico’s death row, and repeal would not affect their sentences.


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