Convicted teen sentenced to state custody

CNJ staff The 13-year-old convicted in the July 2010 shooting death of 21-year-old Angel Vale has received the maximum sentence under New Mexico law. DeAngelo Montoya, convicted of second-degree murder, aggravated burglary, two counts of tampering with evidence and larceny, has been committed to the custody of the state Children, Youth and Families Department until […]

Portales victim identified

A 25-year-old man found dead Sunday in a home on Avenue O was killed by a gunshot wound to the head, police say. Portales Police Deputy Chief Lonnie Berry identified the man as Jose Alfredo Charize Montoya. Berry said Montoya had a local address for the last year but is from Mexico, where his wife […]

Teen faces eight years in state custody

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File photo Convicted of second-degree murder at 13-years-old, DeAngelo Montoya faces a maximum of eight years in state custody. Sharna Johnson Convicted of second-degree murder at 13-years-old, DeAngelo Montoya faces a maximum of eight years in state custody; less than a third of the time an adult would face for the same acts. And his […]

Teen found guilty of murder

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell DeAngelo Montoya, 13, is escorted from Roosevelt County Courthouse Friday night after jurors found him guilty on all charges. District Court Judge Drew Tatum ordered a diagnostic examination before setting sentencing for Montoya. Argen Duncan A Roosevelt County jury late Friday found 13-year-old DeAngelo Montoya guilty of fatally shooting 21-year-old […]

Investigator recounts defendant’s interview

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Deputy District Attorney Donna Mowrer, left, and Victim Advocate Janemarie Vander Dussem leave the Roosevelt County Courthouse in high winds Thursday after the third day of DeAngelo Montoya’s murder trial. A forensic DNA expert, a pathologist and one of the investigators who interviewed the boy after Angel Vale’s murder testified. […]

Our people: Driven by music

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Courtesy photo J.T. Montoya began playing music at age 11 and played keyboard for a Tejano band at 16. J.T. Montoya lived in Clovis for 8 years until breaking out on his own in Phoenix to be a musician. His artist name is Keize which is a derivative of keys and seize. It originates from […]

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 […]

Ticket feature: Musician learned art from father

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Courtesy photo Jeremy Montoya was born in Portales and grew up in Clovis in a home filled with music, which led him into making his own music as an independent hip-hop and R&B artist. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Jeremy Montoya prefers to be called J.T. or Keize. Keize comes from his love of […]

Oct. 5, 2008 Weddings

Mendoza-Garcia Heather Mendoza and Roman Garcia of Clovis were joined in marriage Sept. 9 at the of home of Teresa and Robert Montoya. The rev. Jan Garrett performed the ceremony. Their children Masen, Mauricio and Gabriella Montoya along with Eleanna Garcia were in their wedding party. The couple will reside in Clovis.

July 20, 2008 Engagements

Montoya-Montes Leroy and Emily Montoya announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Angela Montoya, to Daniel Montes, all of Clovis. He is the son of Mario and Anna Montes of Clovis. The couple will exchange vows at 3 p.m. Aug. 9, 2008, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. The reception will follow at the […]

Clovis man receives sentencing

CNJ staff A Clovis man was sentenced Wednesday to 25 years for two counts of kidnapping and five counts of criminal sexual penetration. The charges against Alex Montoya, 53, stem from a January report of rape to the Clovis Police Department, according to a release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. According to the […]

Convicted sex offender arrested on second rape charge

CNJ staff A 42-year-old Clovis man was arrested Monday afternoon and charged with kidnapping and rape after holding a Clovis woman against her will and raping her repeatedly, according to an arrest affidavit filed Tuesday in Curry County Magistrate Court. Alex Montoya turned himself into police Monday afternoon and is being held on a $75,000 […]

Santa Fe Democrat makes campaign stop in Portales

By Mickey Winfield: Freedom New Mexico Harry Montoya, a Democrat from Santa Fe who has declared his candidacy for New Mexico’s Third Congressional seat, hosted a meet-and-greet event Saturday morning at Mark’s Restaurant in Portales. Montoya served two terms on the Pojoaque Valley School Board before winning a seat on the Santa Fe County Commission […]

Citizens remember those who served

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Ronie and Kathy Wall ride a motorcycle Saturday in the Veterans Day Parade on Main Street. Ronie Wall is a Vietnam veteran who was in the Navy for 20 years, he said. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Wanda Montoya watched her grandchildren run around Saturday on a sidewalk near […]

Judicial court employees promoted

CNJ staff The 9th Judicial District Court has announced the promotions of three personnel. Orlando Ulibarri has been promoted to the position of deputy court administrator. A 15-year employee with the court, Ulibarri formerly managed the domestic violence program. He will now oversee the domestic violence program, computer and network information technology, digital recording and […]

Siblings have ‘Idol’ dreams

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ correspondent Siblings J.T. Montoya and Tiffany Montoya Welsh aim to leap from the side stage to center stage by attracting 30 million “American Idol” viewers. “They’ve always been in music — it’s natural,” Ray Montoya said about his children. Welsh, 23, and J.T. Montoya, 21, have grown up around music. Their […]

Hip hop hits Clovis

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Famous rap artists rarely use their given names, preferring instead to adopt stage names to reflect their personal style. Such is the case for locally grown rap artist J.T. Montoya, who is known by his musical fans and peers as “Keize” (pronounced keys). Montoya, a self-described singer, rapper, producer […]

Estranged in her own world

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Andrew Montoya says he has worn bare spots in the grass form swinging so often with his daughter. CNJ staff photos: Andy DeLisle By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Her knees drawn to her chest, Darian Montoya, 11, crouches in the bathtub and bangs her head against the faucet, over and over and over. A […]

Montoya, Alice Kaye

Alice Kaye Montoya, 59, of Clovis died Wednesday, May 3, 2006, at Plains Regional Medical Center. Born May 4, 1946, in Nebraska City, Neb., to Herbert and Wilma Leffler Bolte, she had been a Clovis resident for the past 11 years. She served in the U.S. Air Force. She was preceded in death by her parents […]

4/23 Honors

Montoya Jessica Montoya of Clovis has been named a United States National Award Winner in mathematics by the United States Achievement Academy, it was announced by the organization. The daughter of Jaime and Debbie Montoya of Clovis, she attends Yucca Junior High. Her grandparents are Pedro and Manuelita Montoya of San Antonio, Texas, and Alma […]