Portales, N.M. - Matthew Chandler, Ninth Judicial District Attorney, announced today that Pedro “Pete” Galvan, age 52, was convicted and sentenced today to five and a half (5 ½) years in the Department of Corrections.
This conviction stems from October 8, 2007, when a property owner witnessed the Defendant and another individual jump his fence and unlawfully enter onto his property in Roosevelt County. As the two men proceeded towards the barn, the property owner called the police. When Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office arrived, the two men were still on the victim’s property. Sheriff Darren Hooker searched the barn to discover a yellow peanut sack full of copper wiring and aluminum strips and the victim noted that the wiring had been pulled from his barn. A complete search of the area found burglary tools belonging to the men, including binoculars, wire cutters, tree trimmers, and rubber gloves. Deputies also matched shoe prints that were found in and around the barn to Pedro Galvan.
The Honorable Judge Teddy Hartley presided over the sentencing and Deputy District Attorney Donna Mowrer prosecuted the case for the State. The Defendant was sentenced to serve five and a half (5 ½) years and the Court also ordered that he pay restitution to the victim for any damages incurred during the crime. Upon release from prison, the Defendant must serve an additional one (1) year of intensively supervised parole.