Clovis man facing 10-year prison sentence

Freedom New Mexico A 38-year-old Clovis man faces 10 years in prison after pleading guilty Tuesday to assaulting a police officer, possession of a controlled substance and breaking and entering. Chief Deputy Prosecutor Andrea Reeb said David “Bo Bo” Lopez was charged with trying to break into a car in June while free on bond […]

Sentence stands in abduction case

The Associated Press OKLAHOMA CITY — The 500-month sentence of a Canyon, Texas, man who pleaded guilty to kidnapping a 10-year-old girl in the Oklahoma Panhandle and transporting her across state lines will stand, a federal appeals court has ruled. The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday disagreed with Terrance McGuire’s argument that […]

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 […]

Texas man gets life for 1993 shooting

CNJ staff An Odessa, Texas, man was sentenced to life in prison Friday for a 1993 shooting of a Portales man. Arnoldo Navarette, 40, was also given a three-year sentence in connection to a 1993 shooting that killed Reynaldo Ornelas Sr. and injured a bystander. Navarette was found guilty by a jury Sept. 30 of […]

Sentence upheld in tornado fund embezzlement case

CNJ staff District Judge Teddy Hartley upheld his 10-year prison sentence Wednesday of a woman who stole money from a tornado relief fund. Originally sentenced May 31 in Hartley’s court, Lori Howard had filed a motion asking him to reconsider. District Attorney Matt Chandler said Howard’s attorney asked Hartley to consider probation in lieu of […]

Clovis man sentenced for attacking fellow inmate

CNJ staff A 30-year-old Clovis man was sentenced Tuesday to seven years for attacking a fellow inmate with a broomstick in November 2008. The most recent sentence brings Guadalupe Urquizo’s sentence to 41 years imprisonment for several violent acts since 2008, according to a Tuesday press release from the district attorney’s office. Urquizo is one […]

Parmer County inmate recaptured after escape

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Magallanes By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A Parmer County inmate police say escaped while taking out the trash Thursday morning was recaptured about an hour later near the jail in Farwell. Sheriff Randy Geries said 17-year-old Jesus Magallanes had less than two months left on his sentence for misdemeanor charges but now faces up […]

Texas man receives 41-year sentence in kidnapping

OKLAHOMA CITY — A 27-year-old Canyon, Texas, man has been sentenced to 41 years and eight months in prison for kidnapping a 10-year-old girl. U.S. District Judge Vicki Miles-LaGrange sentenced Terrance Lynn McGuire late Tuesday for the January 2007 abduction of the girl in Texhoma in the Oklahoma Panhandle. Federal prosecutors announced the sentencing Wednesday. […]

Chavez to serve 13 year sentence for second-degree murder

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Lorenzo Chavez, 58, looks back towards his family during a plea hearing in district court Thursday. Chavez pleaded guilty to second degree murder and will serve 13 years for the 1998 shooting of 47-year-old Daniel Jose Lopez. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The last words her son said as […]

Mother of victim happy with 133-year sentence

Freedom Newspapers TUCUMCARI — The mother of a Tucumcari rape victim said she is pleased with the 133-year prison sentence her daughter’s attacker received on Wednesday. “It has helped my family a great deal and will help other families of the future,” she said. Torrance County District Judge Kevin Sweazea sentenced Kenneth Leon Mills, 30, […]

Portales man sentenced in home invasion

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Courtesy photo Joel Zertuche, 19, was given the maximum sentence Wednesday after being convicted of aggravated burglary and conspiracy to commit aggravated burglary in January, according to a press release from the district attorney’s office. By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer A Portales man has received a sentence of 12 years in the state penitentiary […]

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 […]

Judge denies plea agreement change

Freedom New Mexico District Judge Teddy Hartley on Friday denied a request to change the terms of a recent plea agreement, District Attorney Matt Chandler said. Cody Banister, 28, of Roosevelt County, in January agreed to a 15-year prison sentence following allegations he manufactured methamphetamine. On Friday, Bannister asked to spend the last two years […]

Homeschooling presents challenge

By Anita Doberman: CNJ columnist These days my routine, if I can even call it that, has drastically changed. Aside from the adjustment of adding baby number six to our midst, I am home-schooling the kids. Did I just say that? I have to re-read the last sentence to make sure it’s actually me home-schooling […]

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 […]

Salas accused in attack

By CNJ Staff An 18-year-old serving a juvenile sentence for murder is now accused of attacking a guard with a pencil. According to KOB.com, guards went to Orlando Salas’ cell at the Youth Diagnostic and Development Center in Albuquerque. Officials told the station said Salas bit a guard’s hand, and then stabbed him three times […]

Clovis man gets 19 years for baby death

CNJ staff A Clovis man was sentenced today to 19 years imprisonment for the death of a 9-month old child, according to a press release from District Attorney Matt Chandler. Leroy “Roy” Jaramillo, 44, was convicted Jan. 25 of child abuse resulting in death. The sentence Jaramillo received was the maximum allowed by law, according […]

Letters to the Editor: After Bush, voters ready for change

Last week, the strange yet compelling American political system made history. In the first and usually quite important round of presidential selection processes in Iowa we chose an African-American, a famous ex-first lady and a populist lawyer. And a very smooth talking ex-preacher and a RICH ex-governor. A welcome development. It would not have happened, […]

Jury returns guilty verdicts

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Demetrio Salas talks with his attorney Gary Mitchell following his conviction of felony murder and other charges Thursday. Salas and co-defendant David Griego, who was convicted of second-degree murder, have been on trial in a Roosevelt County courtroom. By Sharna Johnson, CNJ staff writer PORTALES — Demetrio Salas faces more than 46 years in prison […]

Teen sentenced as adult for infant’s death

CNJ Staff An 18-year-old Clovis man was sentenced as an adult late Friday to 25 years in prison in connection with the death of his infant son. Benito Valdez pleaded guilty in April to the intentional child abuse that resulted in the death of his 4-month-old son, Christopher. Valdez was 16 at the time. The […]