Woman sentenced for armed robbery, battery

CNJ staff A Clovis woman has been sentenced to five years in prison for armed robbery and aggravated battery. Ebony Bunton, 20, will be required to complete four years of probation following her prison term, undergo anger management and drug screening and make restitution to the victims, according to District Attorney Matt Chandler. The charges […]

Press Release: Clovis woman sentenced for robbery and battery

Clovis, NM ~ Matthew Chandler, Ninth Judicial District Attorney, announced today that Ebony Bunton, age 20, a former Clovis basketball standout, was convicted of one count of Armed Robbery and one count of Aggravated Battery and ordered to serve five (5) years in the Department of Corrections. The charges stem from September 7, 2009 when […]

District attorney recognized for support of National Guard and Reserve

CNJ staff District Attorney Matt Chandler was recently recognized for his support of employees serving in the National Guard and Reserve military services. The Seven Seals Award is the highest award given by the Washington Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, according to a press release. Since taking office in 2004, Chandler […]

Press Release: Chandler gets NRA’s A-rating

ALBUQUERQUE – Today New Mexico Attorney General candidate Matt Chandler announced his receipt of an “A” rating by the National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA). “As a prosecutor and one who is lawfully licensed to carry a concealed firearm, it is with great pride that I announce that the National Rifle Association has […]

Press release: Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler Presented with “Seven Seals Award”

Clovis, NM: The Ninth Judicial District Attorney’s Office announced today that Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler is a recipient of the elite Seven Seals Award from the Washington Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESRG). The ESRG is a branch of the Department of Defense that was originally created to promote […]

EPCOG representative calls for more openness, accountability

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico The Eastern Plains Council of Governments met Wednesday at the Tucumcari Convention Center with Curry County Commissioner Caleb Chandler calling for more openness and accountability from the organization. Chandler took over representing Curry County in place of Isidro Garcia. “I am still trying to get up to speed,” Chandler […]

Man convicted in nose biting

Clovis, NM ~ Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced today that a Clovis man was found guilty of Aggravated Burglary and Aggravated Battery by a Curry County Jury for biting a large portion of a victim’s nose off during a violent altercation. According to District Attorney Matthew Chandler the incident occurred on April 19, […]

Chandler, King only state AG candidates

CNJ staff Incumbent Gary King and Clovis native Matt Chandler were the only candidates to file Tuesday for the New Mexico attorney general’s office. Nominating petitions were filed for the primary election, making official the races for governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general and other state positions. Chandler, 34, is a Republican and two-term 9th District […]

Chandler pledges to prosecute state corruption cases

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson District Attorney Matt Chandler and his mother Donna Chandler visit with supporters Thursday following a local announcement of Matt Chandler’s bid for the office of attorney general. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Surrounded by his family, District Attorney Matt Chandler said Thursday he intends to do the job Attorney […]

Chandler announces candidacy for state attorney general

CNJ staff Eastern New Mexico prosecutor Matt Chandler on Wednesday officially announced his candidacy for New Mexico attorney general. Chandler, a Republican in his second term as 9th Judicial District attorney, said in a telephone interview he wants to bring more accountability to the AG’s office. Specifically, he criticized former AG Patricia Madrid and current […]

Chandler running for state attorney general

ALBUQUERQUE: Republican Ninth District Attorney Matt Chandler announced his candidacy for New Mexico Attorney General today. Standing in front of the Metropolitan Courthouse that became the center of a corruption scandal that brought down former Senate President Manny Aragon, Chandler said that the New Mexico Attorney General must be more aggressive in rooting out corruption […]

Press Release: Chandler to announce for attorney general

Republican Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler will be making a campaign announcement for New Mexico Attorney General today at the Metropolitan Courthouse in Albuquerque. WHEN: Wednesday, February 3, 2010 1:15 PM WHERE: Metropolitan Courthouse 401 Lomas Boulevard Northwest Albuquerque, NM 87102

DA considering run for attorney general

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer District Attorney Matt Chandler says he plans to decide this week if he will be a candidate for New Mexico Attorney General. Chandler, 34, a Republican in his second term as the 9th Judicial District Attorney, said he is going over the decision with his family. “Over the past […]

Clovis man convicted of attempted murder for attacking guards with shank

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Courtesy Guadalupe Urquizo, 29, of Clovis was convicted Wednesday of attempted murder for attacking two Curry County Adult Detention Center guards with a 7-inch metal shank. By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico A Curry County jury has convicted Guadalupe Urquizo of attempted murder for an October 2008 attack against two detention officers at the jail. […]

Curry jail escapee sentenced

A Clovis man who escaped from the Curry County jail last August was sentenced Friday to more than nine years in prison. As part of a plea agreement, Michael England, 30, was sentenced to four years in prison for escaping from the jail and got another five and a half years for tampering with evidence […]

District attorney asks for improved courthouse security

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks District Attorney Matt Chandler says members of the judicial system, courthouse personnel and the public are in danger without tighter security at the courthouse. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer An impassioned presentation from the district attorney over safety at the county courthouse was not enough to spur immediate action […]

Press release: Clovis man sentenced 15 years in prison for assisting in jail escape

nth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced that a Clovis man that assisted two inmates escape during the 2008 Curry County jailbreak was sentenced today to 15 years in prison.

April 12, 2009 Club Notes

PRMC Auxiliary Plains Regional Medical Center Auxiliary held their Annual Award Luncheon recently at the Civic Center, attended by 53 Auxilians and 8 visitors. Joy Melton offered the Invocation. Ina Chandler introduced our guests, Hoyt Skabelund, Liz Crouch, Ann Felton-State President, Ann Langlanais-District 111 chair, Norma Kelley, Allison Brown, Lauren Jones and Candy Langerman. Those […]

Judge denies plea agreement change

Freedom New Mexico District Judge Teddy Hartley on Friday denied a request to change the terms of a recent plea agreement, District Attorney Matt Chandler said. Cody Banister, 28, of Roosevelt County, in January agreed to a 15-year prison sentence following allegations he manufactured methamphetamine. On Friday, Bannister asked to spend the last two years […]

Clovis man convicted on kidnapping charges

CNJ Staff A 36-year-old Clovis man accused of kidnapping and repeatedly raping a woman on a two-day crime spree was convicted by jury trial Wednesday, according to District Attorney Matthew Chandler. Chandler said Anthony Morgan was found guilty on one count of first-degree kidnapping, one count of criminal sexual penetration, two counts of aggravated assault, […]