Convicted robber facing 12 years in prison

Freedom New Mexico One of four men police say was chased down by a daring bank executive is facing 12 years in prison for robbing the American Heritage Bank in Melrose. Santos Preciado, 19, pleaded guilty Wednesday to felony counts of armed robbery, conspiracy to commit armed robbery and tampering with evidence, according to 9th [...]

Portales man pleads guilty to second-degree murder

Issac Montano Jr., 48, of Portales, was sentenced to 20 years in prison Friday after pleading guilty to second-degree murder and armed robbery. He was accused in the July 2008 death of Donald Chapman of Portales. “The credit for this conviction goes to the quick response and investigation by the Portales Police Department,” 9th Judicial [...]

Clovis man sentenced to ten years for nose biting

CNJ staff A 36-year-old Clovis man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for biting off another man’s nose. Joey Maes, convicted in March of aggravated burglary and aggravated battery, was sentenced Wednesday in the 9th Judicial District Court, records show. Following his prison sentence, Maes will be required to serve three years supervised [...]

Woman sentenced for armed robbery, battery

CNJ staff A Clovis woman has been sentenced to five years in prison for armed robbery and aggravated battery. Ebony Bunton, 20, will be required to complete four years of probation following her prison term, undergo anger management and drug screening and make restitution to the victims, according to District Attorney Matt Chandler. The charges [...]

Clovis man faces 13 years for biting off other man’s nose

CNJ staff A 36-year-old Clovis man is facing 13 years in prison for biting off another man’s nose. Joey Maes was convicted by a jury Friday of aggravated burglary and aggravated battery, according to a press release from the district attorney’s office. Maes was attending a family barbecue April 19 in the 100 block of [...]

Pair sentenced for meth trafficking

CNJ staff A 38-year-old man will serve three years in prison and a 38-year old woman five for trafficking methamphetamines in Clovis. James Metzger and Anna Goodwin pleaded guilty Jan. 26, to trafficking meth, accepting partially suspended sentences in exchange for their pleas, court records show. The pair was arrested in June 2008. Each will [...]

Armed robber sentenced to seven years in prison

Clovis, NM — Matthew Chandler, Ninth Judicial District Attorney, announced today that Christopher Garcia, age 20, was convicted of two (2) counts of Armed Robbery and ordered to serve seven (7) years in the Department of Corrections. The charges stem from November 16, 2008 when officers were called to respond to the Dairy Queen located [...]

Free-speech activist now faces jail time

Freedom New Mexico The Chinese blogger and activist known for his efforts to help victims of the Sichuan earthquake in 2008 was sentenced to three years in prison late last month. We have become accustomed to the Chinese government’s free-speech-squelching antics and authoritarian policies and this is another example. Chinese authorities claim that blogger Huang [...]

Man sentenced for drug smuggling

CNJ staff A 35-year-old Clovis man was sentenced to four years in prison for having a woman sneak drugs into the jail. Paul Apodaca was convicted Friday of conspiracy to traffic narcotics into the Curry County Adult Detention Center, according to a press release from the district attorney’s office. In October 2008, a detention officer [...]

Clovis man facing 18 years on drug charges

CNJ staff A Clovis man is facing 18 years in prison on drug dealing charges. James Sneed Jr., 43, of Clovis was found guilty Thursday by a Curry County jury of one count of trafficking cocaine and one count of marijuana possession. The charges stem from a search warrant served last March. According to a [...]