ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The New Mexico State Supreme Court has affirmed the life sentence given to convicted cop killer Andrew Romero.

The announcement was made Friday by Attorney General Hector Balderas’ Office.

As a result, the court’s decision upholds the 2016 decision of a Los Lunas jury that sentenced Romero to life behind bars without the possibility of parole, reported KOB4.

State Supreme Court

Gregg “Nigel” Benner

Romero was convicted after he shot and killed Rio Rancho police officer Gregg “Nigel” Benner during a traffic stop in 2015.

Benner was also a United States Air Force veteran.

(Graphics courtesy Rose Borisow GrafX)

“We continue to mourn the loss of Officer Nigel Benner, who was taken in the line of duty, and continue to seek justice by making sure that career criminal Andrew Romero stays behind bars,” said Attorney General Hector Balderas. “I’m proud that my Criminal Appeals Division was able to fight for the justice that Julie and the Benner family so greatly deserve. Today’s decision affirms the hard work of New Mexico State Police, the Albuquerque Police Department, the Rio Rancho Police Department, and the 13th Judicial District Attorney’s Office in securing these convictions, and my office in upholding them.”