Former deputy sentenced for failure to register as sex offender

CNJ staff A former Roosevelt County deputy was sentenced to almost six years in prison Tuesday for failing to register as a sex offender and violating probation, according to a press release from the District Attorney’s office. Raymond Gates, 49, must remain in prison until June 7, 2013, the release said. Gates pleaded guilty to […]

Officials say Aryan Brotherhood not big in area

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The Aryan Brotherhood is a white supremacist gang formed in San Quentin State Prison, Calif., in 1964. The group was initially founded as a way of protecting white inmates from other prisoners in the prison system but has expanded its influence outside the prison system, according to the U.S. […]

Local Roundup: Armored truck case sentence given

CNJ staff A 22-year-old Clovis man was sentenced to eight years in prison Tuesday for his role in an armored truck embezzlement scheme. Chris Adcox pleaded guilty to receipt of stolen property, harboring a felon, tampering with evidence and five counts of forgery, according to court records. Adcox was the third and final defendant sentenced […]

Clovis man sentenced for transporting marijuana

CNJ staff A 42-year-old Clovis man caught transporting more than 50 pounds of marijuana across state lines was sentenced Friday to five years in prison, according to a press release from the District Attorney’s Office. Ricky Martinez was arrested in November 2005 during a traffic stop near the Texico-New Mexico border. Police found a brown […]

Prophet doesn’t need shoes to stroll

By Grant McGee: Local columnist The Lady of the House and I were road-trippin’ from Clovis to Amarillo last weekend, having one of those conversations about nothing in particular when the word “enlightened” came up. Suddenly a memory came rushing from the back of my head, a memory of a person I considered enlightened, the […]

Clovis man sentenced to nine years in prison

CNJ staff A 30-year-old Clovis man was sentenced Friday to nine years in prison on felony burglary and drug charges, according to a press release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. Harvey Whitley was convicted of two counts of aggravated burglary, two counts of larceny, receiving stolen property and two counts of possession of […]

Convicted Clovis killer dies in prison

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The May 1976 issue of Front Page Detective featured a cover story on the 1975 investigation of the death of a Melrose resident. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A man convicted of brutally raping and murdering a Clovis convenience store clerk more than 30 years ago died Tuesday in a state prison. Stanley Deon […]

Clovis repairment sentence for child sex crime

CNJ staff A Clovis repairman was sentenced to 4 1/2 years in prison Friday after pleading guilty to sexual contact with a child, according to a press release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. In August 2004, an 11-year-old female told a social worker that William Denham, 39, a repairman at Sunrise Edition Trailer […]

5/9 Local roundup

Clovis man sentenced on meth charges A Clovis 46-year-old man was sentenced Thursday to nine years in prison on methamphetamine and firearm charges, according to a news release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office. Michael Rury was arrested three times between April 2004 and January and charged with possession of methamphetamine. Rury was also […]

East German prison metaphor for country

By Steve Chapman: Syndicated columnist BERLIN — More than 16 years after the Wall fell, West Berlin and East Berlin have melded together enough that a visitor wandering around the city often can’t tell which was which. But at a dingy gray building surrounded by concrete walls topped with barbed wire, there is no escaping […]

Local spent time as captive of Germans in WWI

By Don McAlavy: Curry historian Fred M. Davis received a notice from the Curry County draft board on Oct. 17, 1917. He was to go to Camp Funston, Kan., for induction. One of his orders, in handwriting on the notice, was to “bring an easy pair of shoes.” The data herein was researched by Juanita […]

Killer given 21 1/2 years

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent A 23-year-old Clovis man was sentenced Tuesday to 21 1/2 years in prison for his role in an argument over a cigarette lighter that turned deadly. As part of a plea bargain, Mark Madrid pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for shooting and killing Porfirio Gonzales, 52, of Clovis in March […]

1/5 Local Roundup

Clovis man sentenced to 18 years in prison A 30-year-old Clovis man was sentenced Wednesday to 18 years in prison for kidnapping, battery and assault, according to a news release from the district attorney’s office. Daniel Gutierrez was found guilty of the charges in an August jury trial. He must serve 85 percent of the […]

Clovis man sentenced in 2003 carjacking case

CNJ staff A 23-year-old Clovis man was sentenced Wednesday to 22 years in prison for kidnapping, aggravated burglary, attempted armed robbery, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and felon in possession of a firearm, according to a release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. The charges stem from an October 2003 incident during which […]

Court upholds murder conviction

Staff and wire reports SANTA FE — The state Supreme Court has upheld the convictions and prison sentence of a Clovis man for a 2001 murder and robbery. Pedro J. Amaro was sentenced to life in prison plus 31 years for murder, robbery, burglary, arson and other crimes in the stabbing death of Ken Smith […]

‘Prison loaf’ used as deterrent

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Adult detention centers in Maryland, Virginia, and New York — just to name a few — are using prisoner palates to curb bad behavior. Now New Mexico can be added to the list. Following a suggestion from the prison kitchen manager, Curry County Adult Detention Center Administrator Don Burdine […]

Guantanamo Bay Koran treatment vile, untolerable

CNJ staff Just suppose you were downtown and came upon a man standing in front of the Hotel Clovis systematically destroying Bibles. Maybe he’d be burning them, one by one. Or tearing them to pieces with his hands. Or maybe he’d just put them on the ground and spit on them. You’d be outraged, wouldn’t […]

Clovis man gets two life sentences

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Dominic Murphy was sentenced to a minimum of 60 years in prison Tuesday for the killings of Alex Rodriguez, 29, and Wesley Griest, 39. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Dominic Murphy showed no emotion Tuesday when he was sentenced to two life terms in connection with the 2003 shooting deaths […]

Clovis man sentenced for molestation

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Derrick Ervin listens to testimony from the victim’s family Wednesday during his sentencing at Curry County Courthouse. Ervin was sentenced to 33 years in prison for sex crimes committed over an 18-month period. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Editor’s note: The Clovis News Journal has opted to withhold some […]

Facing death penalty no deterrent

Tibor Machan: CNJ columnist California’s governor wouldn’t give in. Neither would the U.S. Supreme Court, so Donald Beardslee, who killed two women in 1981 over a drug deal — while supposedly suffering from brain damage — was put to death by lethal injection last month. As reported in the media, Beardslee’s defense attorney claimed Beardslee […]