ALBUQUERQUE, NM — Alexander MM Uballez, the United States Attorney for the District of New Mexico, announced that Stetson’s Shane Barnes, 30, of Loving, New Mexico, and Donald Alfred Busch, 34, of Carlsbad, New Mexico, were each 40 were sentenced to years in prison following a conviction for their involvement in a fatal auto theft.
On November 12, 2021, after a nearly two-week trial, a federal jury convicted Barnes and Busch of conspiracy to commit carjacking, fatal carjacking and felony possession of firearms and ammunition. Busch was also found guilty of using and carrying a firearm during and in connection with a violent crime.
On the night of May 27, 2019, Barnes, Busch and Tyson Lee Terrell traveled with an accomplice, Jehra Lynn Hedgecock, 33, from Carlsbad, to the victim’s home in Loving. The group had conspired to steal a motorcycle from the victim, identified as JS in court records
When the group arrived at the victim’s home in Hedgecock’s truck, Hedgecock knocked on the front door to lure JS outside. Meanwhile, Busch found the motorcycle he was trying to steal under the victim’s carport and began pushing it away. When the victim emerged from his home, Barnes, Busch and Hedgecock all pointed guns at him. The jury heard testimony that Busch ordered JS back to his home while holding him at gunpoint.
As Busch continued to push the motorcycle off the victim’s property, Hedgecock and Barnes got into Hedgecock’s truck. As they drove off, Barnes fired twelve shots from the truck into the apartment, the last of which hit and killed JS. The victim’s father testified that JS called him to ask for help and that he was on the phone with JS when he heard gunfire. According to testimony in the courtroom, JS was taking cover in the back room of his home when he was hit by the last bullet fired by Barnes.
After the shooting, Hedgecock stopped the truck at the curb, where Barnes Busch helped load the motorcycle into the back of the truck, and the plotters fled. Hedgecock’s truck was found burning in a ravine outside of Carlsbad the following day and JS’ motorcycle was later recovered from Barnes’ property.
Hedgecock pleaded guilty on July 22, 2021 to one count of conspiracy, one count of auto theft resulting in death and one count of using, wielding and carrying a firearm during and in connection with a violent crime and possessing and wielding a firearm in furtherance of such crime. Hedgecock’s sentencing is scheduled for January 10, 2023.
Terrell pleaded guilty to a count of conspiracy on Jan. 20. On July 22, Terrell was sentenced to four years in prison.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated this case with assistance from the New Mexico State Police and the Eddy County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant United States Attorneys Maria Y. Armijo and Ry Ellison are prosecuting this case.
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