Barrs Sentenced for role in shootout with CNN journalists

An Albuquerque man was sentenced Tuesday to 13 years in prison for his role in a 2015 robbery-turned-shootout involving two former CNN journalists. Skyy Barrs served as a driver and lookout during the ordeal, pleaded guilty in May to conspiracy to commit armed robbery and trafficking heroin. Barrs and Tomorio Walton were at a West Side Albuquerque Motel 6 that June 2015 night with a plan to rob someone. Also at the motel were Lynne Russell, a former CNN anchorwoman, and her husband, Chuck de Caro, who had stopped over during a cross-country road trip. Russell stepped out of the room to retrieve something from the car and when she returned, Walton forced her into her room at gunpoint. Walton fired and De Caro shot back, killing Walton. Under the plea agreement, Barrs faced between four and 13 years, and state District Judge Benjamin Chavez imposed the maximum sentence.