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.

Year in review: Jail escape among most notable of crimes

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico An initially quiet year was fraught with high profile criminal cases in the last quarter. Law enforcement scrambled to recapture eight escaped inmates and the prior year’s homicide rate doubled in the space of weeks. With the exception of a summertime rash of home invasions, things were relatively calm […]

State police report: Escapees had access to cell phone

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Inmates made calls on a cell phone stolen from a nurse about a week before the August escape of eight inmates from the Curry County Adult Detention Center, according to a report by state police. A nurse told state police investigators she set her phone on a computer table […]

County manager reviewing detention center administrator applicants

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CNJ file photo County Manager Lance Pyle said he is in the process of reviewing applications for the position of detention center administrator and will begin checking references soon. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The county has received more than a dozen applications for the position of detention center administrator from around the country. […]

Report: Escaped inmates had key

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo There is no indication the eight inmates who escaped last month from the Curry County Adult Detention Center received inside help from jail staff, District Attorney Matt Chandler said. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Inmates who escaped from the Curry County jail last month may have gained freedom with […]

Inmate educational programs temporarily halted

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Educational programs at the county jail have been suspended in light of the recent escape of eight inmates. Raymond Atchley, an education specialist who has worked with inmates at the Curry County Adult Detention Center for two years, agrees with the move as long as it is temporary. He […]

Police report on escape discovery

AP: Four inmates charged with aiding escape

By Betsy Blaney: The Associated Press Four jail inmates who authorities say helped eight others in a brazen escape were charged Wednesday, as officials kept searching for five prisoners who remain on the loose, including a convicted murderer. Two people close to the fugitives were also arrested. Authorities said the four inmates, who were not […]

Police arrest family, friends of escapees

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks District Attorney Matt Chandler holds up a picture Wednesday of Kevyn Crane, one of four inmates charged in assisting in Sunday’s escape from the Curry County jail. Chandler announced the arrests during a press conference Wednesday. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Police have charged four jail inmates with assisting […]

Residents react to news of jail escapees

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer When news of eight inmates escaping the Curry County Adult Detention Center reached Valentina Gonzalez, she said she had a swarm of thoughts, all involving the safety of the people around her. Gonzalez, a Friona mother and Clovis Community College student, said she believes the escapees will turn to […]