Sex offender returning to prison for providing false address

CNJ staff A convicted sex offender is headed back to prison for a year and a half after providing police a false address.Kenneth Leon Mills, 30, was convicted of failure to register as a sex offender, according to a press release from the district attorney’s office.Mills was released on probation in 2004 under instructions to […]

Journalist’s release from prison long overdue

Freedom New Mexico It is welcome news that Iranian-American journalist and former beauty queen Roxana Saberi has had her harsh eight-year sentence from the Iranian government quashed and that she is likely to be allowed to return to the United States soon. Unfortunately, the new verdict doesn’t suggest that anything resembling dispassionate justice is on […]

Clovis man pleads in molestation case

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Larry Hatcher pleaded no contest Friday to seven counts of child molestation. A Clovis man originally charged with 143 counts of child molestation reached a deal with prosecutors and pleaded no contest to seven counts Friday. Larry Hatcher, 49, was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Hatcher’s four-day trial was scheduled to begin Tuesday. It […]

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.

Roosevelt County mother sentenced to 18 years imprisonment

Freedom New Mexico A Roosevelt County woman convicted of first-degree child abuse was sentenced Friday to 18 years in prison. Alicia Dean, 32, was given the maximum sentence under law, said District Attorney Matt Chandler. “Because it is a first degree felony, there is a mandatory 18 year sentence,” Chandler said. “She would have to […]

Senate votes to repeal death penalty

The Associated Press SANTA FE – The New Mexico Legislature has voted to repeal the death penalty and replace it with a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole. The state Senate voted 24-18 on Friday for the repeal bill, sending it to Gov. Bill Richardson for his signature. Richardson has opposed […]

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 […]

Officials: Jail changes ongoing

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Curry County officials said Monday they are working on detention center changes in the wake of a prison escape, but they aren’t ready to reveal what that work entails. Curry County Manager Lance Pyle released a prepared statement Monday that said neither he nor the Curry County Commission are […]

Tucumcari man receives sentencing for shooting death

By Chelle Delaney: Freedom New Mexico A Tucumcari man on Friday was sentenced to 12 years in prison for the April 24, 2007, shooting death of Tiffany Throckmorton. Phillip J. Latham Jr., 26, pleaded no contest to second-degree murder charges and was sentenced by Judge David Reeb. Prosecutor Len Walker told the court he believed […]

Man sentenced for Internet solicitation

Clovis Man Sentenced to Prison

Convicted murderer’s sentence extended

A district judge on Wednesday added eight years to the prison sentence of a Clovis man convicted of second-degree murder for the shooting death of a 10-year-old boy, according to a press release from the district attorney’s office. During a bench trial to evaluate sentencing, District Judge Teddy Hartley enhanced David Griego’s sentence based on […]

Portales man receives prison sentence

Freedom New Mexico A Portales man pleaded guilty Thursday in a Portales courtroom to kidnapping and was sentenced to eight years in prison, according to a press release from the district attorney’s office. George Vela, 28, also pleaded guilty to aggravated fleeing a law enforcement officer, the release said. Other charges, including criminal sexual penetration, […]

Clovis man receives prison sentence

By CNJ Staff A Clovis man was sentenced Friday to 73 years in prison for sexual acts with two children under the age of 13. Arnold Armenta, 40, was found guilty of 18 counts of second-degree criminal sexual contact of a minor under the age of 13 and one count of first-degree criminal sexual penetration […]

Great American Cleanup

What: The Great American Clean Up When: 8 a.m. to noon. Saturday Where: 500 Sycamore St. Who can help: The event is open to the public. Groups can register in advance by calling 769-7870. The contest: The Department of Parks and Recreation will pick out routes for the teams, which include the major throughways into […]

Homicide defendant sentenced to 36 years for robberies

Prison population peaks: 1 in 100 Americans in jail

The Associated Press NEW YORK — For the first time in U.S. history, more than one of every 100 adults is in jail or prison, according to a new report documenting America’s rank as the world’s No. 1 incarcerator. It urges states to curtail corrections spending by placing fewer low-risk offenders behind bars. Using state-by-state […]

Death march survivor, Curry County native dies at 86

The Associated Press SANTA FE — Francis Hall Van Buskirk, a Curry County native and one of the last survivors of the Bataan Death March during World War II, has died. Van Buskirk died Feb. 7 at age 86. A memorial service is set for 1 p.m. today at McGee Memorial Chapel. He will be […]

County to pay for slaying suspect’s detention, travel

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Clovis County commissioners agreed Tuesday to pay for the detention of Lorenzo Chavez at the state correctional facility in Albuquerque. Chavez, 56, was indicted late Friday for first-degree murder in connection with the 1998 shooting death of 47-year-old Daniel Jose Lopez, according to District Attorney Matt Chandler. Chavez currently […]

Convicted shooter’s family upset by plea agreement

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson John Cameron sits at the defense table with his attorneys Brett Carter, left, and Chandler Blair during a Monday sentencing hearing. Cameron pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and will serve at least 85 percent of an eight and a half year sentence. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Family members […]

Guilty plea entered in case of 2006 death

CNJ staff A Clovis man pleaded guilty late Wednesday afternoon to second-degree murder, according to a release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office. Tony Martinez, 54, pleaded guilty in connection with the 2006 death of Hugo Ochoa, 32. Judge Teddy Hartley sentenced Martinez to 10 years in prison. According to the release, witness statements […]