Clovis 20-year-old sentenced in stabbing

CNJ staff A 20-year-old has been sentenced to life in prison in the March 2010 stabbing of a 21-year-old Clovis man. Luciano Guerra was sentenced during a hearing late Tuesday afternoon, according to District Attorney Matt Chandler. Convicted of first-degree murder by a Curry County jury in February, Guerra will be required to serve 30 […]

Governor recounts lessons learned to Clovis crowd

Kevin Wilson District Attorney Matt Chandler surveyed the audience of about 350 at the Clovis Civic Center Tuesday morning. “This is our biggest crowd,” Chandler said of the seventh annual area breakfast to mark National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, “and I’m glad everybody came to hear me speak.”Chandler and the audience laughed, knowing full well […]

Press release: Portales man gets 12 years

Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced today that Epigmenio (Pete) Baltazar, age 36, was sentenced to serve twelve (12) years in prison for one (1) count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. The charges stem from July of 2009 when Portales Police Department and Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office received tips regarding the sale […]

Press release: Crash investigation not complete

Clovis, NM: Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler and Clovis Police Chief Steve Sanders announced today that although the preliminary reconstruction of the crash involving a Clovis police officer and the death of Mary Castillo is complete, the cause of the November 17, 2010 crash continues. On Friday, December 3rd, District Attorney Matthew Chandler met […]

Convicted robber facing 12 years in prison

Freedom New Mexico One of four men police say was chased down by a daring bank executive is facing 12 years in prison for robbing the American Heritage Bank in Melrose. Santos Preciado, 19, pleaded guilty Wednesday to felony counts of armed robbery, conspiracy to commit armed robbery and tampering with evidence, according to 9th […]

Father, son named to search committees for governor-elect

CNJ staff Father and son Caleb and Matt Chandler of Clovis have both been named to search committees for Governor-Elect Susana Martinez, according to releases from Martinez. Matt Chandler, the current 9th Judicial District Attorney, is one of five selected for a transition committee charged with finding candidates for state public safety director and director […]

Candidate profiles: Attorney general

Sharna Johnson In the race between Gary King and Matt Chandler for state attorney general, corruption and border security have dominated discussions. Democrat incumbent King has stood behind his record and taken the position that his opponent lacks the diversity of legal experience required of the office. Chandler, Republican 9th Judicial District Attorney and Clovis […]

ENMU to host AG candidate debate

CNJ staff Eastern New Mexico University will host a debate Tuesday between candidates for the office of New Mexico Attorney General. The debate between Democratic incumbent Gary King and Republican challenger Matt Chandler is set for 6 p.m. in the Zia Room of ENMU’s Campus Union Building. It is scheduled to last an hour, and […]

Teen charged in ENMU student’s slaying

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Courtesy photo ENMU student Angel Vale of Roswell was shot three times in a side yard of her home July 22. Sharna Johnson A 13-year-old boy charged with murder in the slaying of a 22-year-old Eastern New Mexico University student cannot be charged as an adult. District Attorney Matt Chandler said Monday state statute prevents […]

Clovis woman sentenced to 15 years in stabbing

CNJ staff A 43-year-old Clovis woman was sentenced Wednesday to 15 years in prison for second degree murder. Robbin Banister pleaded guilty to the crime earlier this year, but sentencing was postponed for evaluations, according to a press release from District Attorney Matthew Chandler. The sentence is the maximum for second degree murder. Chandler said […]