Jail escapee sentenced to 30 years on home invasion charges

Freedom New Mexico

Jail escapee Reynaldo Jeremy Enriquez — who police called the ringleader in eight home invasions — was sentenced to 30 years in prison Wednesday for the home invasion that ended a 2008 summer crime spree.

Enriquez, 20, was convicted in April of kidnapping, aggravated burglary, two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, conspiracy to commit aggravated burglary, two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and intimidation of a witness. He was sentenced in District Court Wednesday.

Enriquez’ arrest was triggered by what police called an especially violent home invasion in July 2008 in an otherwise quiet neighborhood. Police said the gang shot multiple times at a terrorized victim fleeing down the street from his own home in the 1700 block of Sheldon in Clovis.

Enriquez was arrested later that night along with four others.

Police said during a two-week crime spree, Enriquez and his gang hit eight homes in Clovis, Portales, Curry County, Roosevelt County and Muleshoe. Leaders of the gang usually pistol-whipped male occupants of the homes.

Sentences are still pending against Enriquez in Curry and Roosevelt counties.

According to a press release from the district attorney’s office, Enriquez will be required to serve 85 percent of his sentence before he is eligible for parole.

While in jail awaiting trial on the home invasion charges, Enriquez escaped from the Curry County Adult Detention Center along with seven of Clovis’ most violent inmates.

He was captured the next day near Lubbock, Texas.