Salas agreement withdrawal being evaulated by DA

CNJ staff

The District Attorney’s office is still reviewing the legality of withdrawing a plea agreement made with a Clovis teen who refused to testify against his brother in the shooting death of a 10-year-old Clovis boy.

District Attorney Matt Chandler said his office is evaluating the case to determine if the juvenile sentence can be revoked. Ultimately the decision will be made by District Judge Teddy Hartley.

Orlando Salas, 18, was originally indicted on charges of first-degree murder along with his two brothers Demetrio Salas, 22, and Edward Salas, 23, and David Griego, 31, and Noe Torres, 28.

Carlos Perez died from a single gunshot to the head on Sept. 15, 2005.

But in exchange for his testimony against his codefendants, Orlando Salas pleaded guilty to lesser charges and was sentenced as a juvenile.

In October during Demetrio Salas’ and Griego’s trial, Orlando Salas backed out of the deal and refused to testify.

He was later convicted of contempt of court and battery on a peace officer for an unrelated incident, and sentenced to two years concurrent with his present sentence, meaning he would still be released from the custody of Children Youth and Families Division at age 21, Chandler said.

Demetrio Salas was convicted of first-degree murder and faces a minimum of 46 years imprisonment. Griego was found guilty of second-degree murder and faces up to 20 years imprisonment. They are scheduled for sentencing Jan. 14.

Edward Salas and Torres are scheduled for trial Feb. 4 through 15 in Portales, court records show.

Torres has not been apprehended and a federal warrant has been issued for his arrest.