Man accused in stabbing has violent history

The man accused of stabbing a Clovis teen has been out of jail less than three months, and has pleaded to or was found guilty of six felonies in the last six years.

Ricardo "Rico" Sena, 27, of Clovis is being held in the Curry County Adult Detention Center on a $500,000 cash-only bond. He faces an open charge of murder in connection to the early Saturday morning stabbing of Devin Saiz, 17, of Clovis, who died later at Plains Regional Medical Center.

Sena was released from the New Mexico Department of Corrections on Jan. 23.

His list of violations includes the following incidents:

  • According to a release from the Ninth Judicial District Attorney's office, Sena punched his girlfriend in the face several times, stabbed her in the knee and kept her from leaving the house in July of 2005. He sprayed her with a garden hose to wash the blood away, continued to beat her inside the house, even while she held her baby, and he kept her secluded in the house until the next day.

He was originally found guilty in 2006 on five charges — kidnapping, criminal sexual penetration, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, child abuse and tampering with evidence — but was later retried on a technicality. In 2010, he was found guilty of false imprisonment, abuse of a child and tampering with evidence, but acquitted of kidnapping, criminal sexual penetration and aggravated battery on a household member.

  • According to a June 2005 police report, Sena was one of four men arrested for attempting to vehicle a car with a burning rag in the gas tank, stealing beer from a convenience store and using a stolen credit card to buy beer at another gas station.

He pleaded guilty in 2007 to intentional arson, criminal damage greater than $1,000 and fraudulent use of a credit card. Dismissed were charges of conspiracy to commit intentional arson, minor in possession of alcohol, contributing to delinquency of a minor (two charges) and selling or giving alcohol to a minor (three charges).

Sena was one of four men who took part in a failed escape attempt from the detention center in February 2010. In a surveillance video, Sena and three other inmates are shown climbing through a hole in a cell wall, then chasing after and throwing a cooler full of liquid at a startled detention officer in a hallway.

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