Press release: Clovis Man Sentenced to Maximum Time in Prison for Attempted Murder

Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced today that James Gilbert, age 32, was sentenced to serve nine (9) years in prison for one (1) count of Attempted Murder, which is the maximum time for attempted murder in New Mexico. The charges stem from October 3, 2010 when Curry County Sheriff’s Office responded to an […]

Portales man convicted in theft

CNJ staff A 63-year-old Portales man was convicted by a jury Friday of receiving property stolen from the city of Clovis. Thomas Campbell faces three years in prison and a maximum fine of $5,000 on a charge of receiving or disposing of stolen property valued over $2,500, according to a press release from the district […]

Tucumcari man receives maximum sentences for felonies

Freedom New Mexico Justice Albert J. Mitchell of the 10th Judicial District Court ruled Tuesday that a Tucumcari man would serve the maximum allowed sentences for a string of felonies. Earl Moses Ingram was sentenced to a total of 31 years, six months in jail to be served consecutively. He was also sentenced to serve […]

Press release: Convicted murderer receives maximum sentence

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Robbin Banister pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced Wednesday to 15 years in prison. Clovis, NM: Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced that Robbin Banister, age 43, was sentenced today for one-count of Second Degree Murder. Banister pled guilty to the crime earlier this year but sentencing was postponed until a diagnostic […]

Inmate sentenced for attack on guards

CNJ staff A 29-year-old Clovis man who attacked two detention officers with a handmade shank was sentenced Wednesday to serve 24 years imprisonment. Guadalupe Urquizo received the maximum sentence and is facing an additional four years if found to be a habitual offender, according to a press release from the district attorney’s office. A jury […]

Clovis man sentenced to maximum time for failure to register as a sex offender

Clovis, NM ~ Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced today that Kenneth Leon Mills, age 30, was convicted of Failure to Register as a Sex Offender and sentenced to the maximum punishment under the law. Kenneth Mills completed his incarceration/probation/parole requirement in May of 2004, at that time he was notified by local law […]

Feb. 10, 2009 Legislative Tidbits

Days remaining in session: 39 Autism bill passes Senate A measure requiring private health insurance companies to cover autism treatment passed the Senate Monday. If the House and Gov. Bill Richardson sign on, autism coverage would include screening and treatment through speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy and applied behavioral analysis, according to the Senate […]

Homicide defendant sentenced to 36 years for robberies

Man sentenced to 19 years in baby death

Clovis Man Sentenced to the Maximum for Child Abuse Resulting in Death Clovis, NM ~ Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced today Leroy “Roy” Jaramillo, age 44, was sentenced to maximum time allowed under law for his recent jury trial conviction of Child Abuse Resulting in Death. On January 25, 2008, a Clovis Jury […]

Facts don’t justify Libby commutation

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers It’s unfortunate “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” is on summer break, because only a comedy program could accurately reflect the idea of President George W. Bush commuting a prison sentence. Bush erased a 30-month sentence for I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, convicted of four counts relating to the investigation in […]

Man pleads guilty in son’s death

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer An 18-year-old Clovis man pleaded guilty Monday to intentional child abuse resulting in the death of his 4-month-old son. Prosecutors intend to seek adult sanctions against Benito Valdez, who was 16 at the time of his son’s death, District Attorney Matt Chandler said. “The state will encourage the court […]

World War II bomber revived as ‘living memorial’

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The Pacific Prowler, a restored World War II B-25 bomber, was in service from 1944 to 1958 before it was decommissioned. Since that time it was used in the films “Flight of the Phoenix” and “Memphis Belle.” (Staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer In a San Antonio junkyard, the B-25 Pacific […]

Clovis man pleads guilty in slaying

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A Clovis man on Monday pleaded guilty to a second-degree murder charge and was sentenced to 16 years in prison. Byron Logan, 25, was accused in the 2004 slaying of Tony Parker, a 31-year-old father of two. Logan’s guilty plea came just minutes before his jury trial was to […]

Clovis man gets maximum for domestic violence

CNJ staff A 33-year-old Clovis man was sentenced Friday to 9 1/2 years in jail for committing domestic violence, the maximum sentence under state law, according to a news release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. Mark Garcia was found guilty in August 2005 of intimidating a witness, false imprisonment and battering a household […]

Shooting suspect pleads

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Jacob Roberts, 20, was Wednesday to a year in jail after agreeing to a plea of involuntary manslaughter in connection with the shooting death of former CHS classmate J.T. Mitchell in March 2004. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent While memories of a state football championship will forever surround a group of […]

Clovis man sentenced to eight years

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer A Clovis man convicted of voluntary manslaughter in September was sentenced to eight years in prison Monday by a district judge. James Rogers, 44, received the maximum for voluntary manslaughter of six years, an additional year for a firearm enhancement and another for aggravated circumstances. A Curry County jury […]

Fleming gets 35 years

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Rocky Fleming, left, 41, speaks with his court-appointed attorney Jim Wilson after being sentenced Friday evening to 35 years in prison on charges he manufactured child pornography. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor A Cannon Air Force Base staff sergeant, charged with five counts of manufacturing child pornography, showed no emotion […]

Man charged with manufacturing child porn verbally accepts plea

By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor A Cannon Air Force Base staff sergeant charged with more than 100 counts of manufacturing child pornography has verbally accepted a plea agreement, defense and prosecuting attorneys said. Rockey Fleming, 40, is accused of paying three girls — ages 13, 15 and 16 — up to $2,000 to have […]

Lawyers disagree on sex-crime legislation

By Darrell Todd Maurina New laws passed recently by the New Mexico legislature markedly increase penalties for sex offenders whose victims are children. Two criminal defense attorneys who have handled sex-related cases in the 9th Judicial District have opposite views of the new legislation. Clovis attorney Michael Garrett said the new laws give prosecutors important […]

Local officials not impressed with special session

By Darrell Todd Maurina Local elected officials praised the recent decision to increase sex-offender penalties, but didn’t have much else good to say about the special session of the state legislature. “I think the timing was poor; everything we accomplished I think we could have done in January,” said Sen. Clint Harden, R-Clovis. Sen. Stuart […]