4/9 Local roundup

Clovis man convicted for stolen vehicle A jury convicted a 54-year-old Clovis man Friday of possessing a stolen vehicle, according to a press release issued Friday by the district attorney’s office. Lorenzo Chavez faces five to nine years in prison as a repeat offender, and will be sentenced in the next two weeks, according to […]

Convicted killer asks for delay in sentence

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer A defense attorney says he will ask to delay sentencing for a convicted killer because DNA that hasn’t been processed could prove his client’s innocence. Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler said the DNA in question would not exonerate Steven Duran of Clovis, who was convicted of a Jan. […]

Clovis man sentenced in robbery

CNJ staff A 23-year-old Clovis man was convicted Wednesday of aggravated burglary and kidnapping and sentenced to eight years of prison, according to a release from the Ninth Judicial District Attorney’s Office. Frankie Owen and two others robbed an elderly Clovis woman’s home while she was still in the residence, according to the police. The […]

11/4 Local roundup

Clovis man convicted on firearms charges A 23-year-old Clovis man was convicted and sentenced to 10 1/2 years in prison Wednesday for possessing stolen firearms and retaliating against a state’s witness, according to a press release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. Vianey Marin, 23, was found innocent by the jury of conspiring to […]

Lifetime ban that keeps felons from voting is overkill

Freedom Newspapers The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear two cases concerning whether convicted felons should be denied the right to vote. Although the Supreme Court has absolute control over what cases it will take and the rationale in these two cases might not have been especially strong, this is an issue that is […]

Clovis man convicted on manslaughter

1095143680-James-Rogers.jpg

James Rogers By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor A Clovis man was convicted of voluntary manslaughter last week. The victim’s mother had hoped for more. James Rogers, 43, of Clovis, was convicted on Friday of shooting and killing David Wilt, 47, on Sept. 9, 2003, in a mutual friend’s home at 4220 N. Prince Street. […]

County administrator loves job

1094355886-SPTwila-rutter2-9_2_04.jpg

Twila Rutter-Wooley, the Curry County grant writer and grant administrator, talks with Curry County Manager Geneva Cooper during a meeting Wednesday at the Curry County courthouse. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer Twila Rutter-Wooley is a Clovis native who once left the community to become a stockbroker. She spent three […]

There’s little pity for Martha Stewart

A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked about Martha Stewart’s five-month prison sentence. Some responses: “MARTHA STEWART’S SENTENCE is appropriate I feel, if she fully completes it, which I doubt that she will do. Jail time absolutely had to be a part of the sentence; otherwise, the court would be sending the message: ‘Jail will […]

Portales man convicted of 15 felony sex crimes

FREEDOM NEWSPAPERS A Roosevelt County jury convicted Ernesto Hernandez, 37, of Portales, on Tuesday of 16 different felony counts, most involving sex crimes with a minor, according to a news release from District Attorney Brett Carter. Hernandez was convicted on 10 counts of criminal sexual contact of a minor under 13 and five counts of […]