Press release: Child sex exploitation case ends in conviction

From U.S. attorney’s office ALBUQUERQUE – Yesterday in federal court in Santa Fe, Kevin Dwyer, a 37-year-old Albuquerque resident, was sentenced to a 20-year term of imprisonment to be followed by a lifetime of supervised release for his conviction on child sexual exploitation and pornography charges, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzales.

State Supreme Court upholds Salas’ conviction

CNJ staff Demetrio Salas’ first-degree murder conviction in the 2005 shooting of a 10-year-old boy has been upheld by the state Supreme Court. Salas, 24, was convicted by a Curry County jury in Oct. 2007 in the shooting death of Carlos Perez. He was convicted of murder, attempting to commit a felony, shooting at a […]

Panel derails tougher DWI bill

By Steve Terrell: The Santa Fe New Mexican Some state senators cited financial reasons as a Senate committee on Monday effectively killed a bill that would have increased DWI penalties. Currently there is no mandatory jail time for first-time DWI offenders in New Mexico. However, Senate Bill 3, sponsored by Sen. Peter Wirth, D-Santa Fe, […]

Macias’ murder conviction overturned

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Courtesy photo By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer New Mexico’s supreme court has overturned convictions of a Clovis man for a 2006 murder. In a unanimous decision issued Tuesday, the court ruled that hearsay evidence was improperly allowed into the trial of Robert Macias, who was sentenced to life in prison for first-degree murder in […]

Clovis man sentenced on burglary conviction

CNJ Staff A Clovis man was sentenced Thursday to more than seven years in prison after being convicted for a 2007 home invasion, according to a press release from the district attorney’s office. Shane Medina, 24, was found guilty by a jury of breaking and entering, criminal damage to property, criminal trespass and battery, the […]

Sen. Stevens’ conviction hurts waning GOP

Freedom New Mexico Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens’ conviction Monday on all seven federal corruption charges is being viewed in terms of the Nov. 4 general election, which is understandable given that the nation is in the final week of a long and grueling presidential race. From that horse-race perspective, it’s obvious this is more bad […]

Sex offender guilty of failng to register

CNJ Staff A sex offender was found guilty of failing to register by a Clovis jury Monday afternoon. Immediately following the verdict, 9th Judicial District Judge Joe Parker gave Elmer Ray Burke the maximum sentence of 18 months imprisonment with the Department of Corrections, according to a release from the district attorney’s office. Because of […]

Police: Guns, jewelry taken from home

CNJ Staff Police are seeking information about a burglary at a home near Texico in late June in which firearms and jewelry were taken, according to a news release from the Clovis Police Department. In the late afternoon on June 28, a residence on County Road C just west of Texico was broken into and […]

Court upholds murder conviction

Staff and wire reports SANTA FE — The state Supreme Court has upheld the convictions and prison sentence of a Clovis man for a 2001 murder and robbery. Pedro J. Amaro was sentenced to life in prison plus 31 years for murder, robbery, burglary, arson and other crimes in the stabbing death of Ken Smith […]