Press release: Tucumcari man sentenced to 12 years in prison for Melrose bank robbery

Clovis, NM: Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced today that Patrick Quintana, age 26, was sentenced to serve twelve (12) years in prison for one (1) count of Armed Robbery and one (1) count of Conspiracy to Commit Armed Robbery.

The charges stem from April 12, 2010 when Curry County Sheriff’s Office responded to an armed robbery call at American Heritage Bank in Melrose, New Mexico. On the morning of April 12th, Patrick Quintana, along with three other people, left Tucumcari, New Mexico intending to rob the Melrose bank. The investigation uncovered after canvassing the area, Quintana and two other robbers entered the bank, placed a “closed” sign on the front door of the bank and began threatening employees to give them money. The robbers left with nearly $30,000 in cash while the bank manager notified authorities. With the help of witnesses, officers were able to locate the suspects’ vehicle traveling down the highway towards Tucumcari, New Mexico. Witnesses and officers observed items of clothing, weapons, and money being discarded out of the vehicle. Through the help of New Mexico State Police, the Curry County Sheriff’s Office was able to set a roadblock and safely apprehend all four defendants shortly after the robbery.

District Judge Stephen Quinn presided over the proceedings and Chief Deputy District Attorney Andrea Reeb prosecuted the case for the State. The State argued for the maximum sentence of fifteen (15) years, but Judge Stephen Quinn ultimately sentenced Patrick Quintana to twelve (12) years imprisonment, followed by two (2) years of intensively supervised parole. The Court also found Quintana’s crime is considered a serious violent offense and must serve a mandatory 85% of his total sentence.

For additional information, please contact the Ninth Judicial District Attorney’s Office.