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 […]

Facts don’t justify Libby commutation

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers It’s unfortunate “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” is on summer break, because only a comedy program could accurately reflect the idea of President George W. Bush commuting a prison sentence. Bush erased a 30-month sentence for I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, convicted of four counts relating to the investigation in […]

July 8, 1964

Officers were investigating a burglary at Sears, which was located at 701 Main. An undetermined amount of clothing was taken. … Jerry Leon Shed had his jail sentence deferred by Judge E.T. Hensley Jr., after being picked up in Oklahoma for breaking and entering. He was picked up in Ardmore Okla. with a skull in […]

Killer sentenced to life

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Robert Macias and his attorney, James Klipstine Jr., confer Tuesday before Macias was sentenced. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer While the daughter he never met cooed quietly in her mother’s arms, the mother of Wilfred Salas Jr. asked a Clovis judge to give her son’s killer the maximum sentence […]

Jurors deciding on death penalty

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Stanley Bedford addresses jurors during the penalty phase of his trial at District Court in Albuquerque. By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — Jurors heard the final arguments about how they can and should punish Stanley Bedford for the deaths of an elderly Portales couple. The jury that convicted Bedford, […]

Death penalty phase planned

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers A dozen Albuquerque jurors found Stanley Bedford guilty last week of killing Odis and Doris Newman of Portales. The same jury will reconvene Thursday in Albuquerque to determine whether Bedford should die as punishment. The death penalty phase is unlike any other trial in New Mexico, District Attorney Matt Chandler […]

Stiff Libby sentence purely political move

By Freedom Newspapers As one of the major behind-the-scenes architects — from his position as Vice President Cheney’s chief of staff — of the lamentable war in Iraq, I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby has a great deal to answer for, whether in the depths of his conscience or in the annals of history. For the crimes […]

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 […]

Missing county inmate caught

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer An escaped inmate from the Curry County Adult Detention Center was arrested Thursday without incident in Dimmitt, Texas, according to Dimmitt police. Guadalupe Rodriguez, 29, was arrested by local police about 8:30 a.m. (CST) at a Dimmitt hotel, according to police. “We knocked on the door and that’s when […]

Saddam death sentence may set example

By Freedom Newspapers One hopes that the death sentence imposed on former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein by an Iraqi court will resonate most meaningfully in places like North Korea, Zimbabwe, Cuba, and perhaps even in Iran. It cannot but help to focus the mind for people like Kim Jong Il, Robert Mugabe, the Castro brothers […]

Oct. 29, 2006 Dispositions

The following criminal dispositions were recently filed in the 9th Judicial District Court: • Andrea Patron, 31, pleaded guilty to shoplifting (valued between $250 and $2,500) and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, and was ordered to serve 18 months imprisonment and pay all fines and fees. She was given credit for her sentence […]

Clovis man sentence for 10th DWI conviction

CNJ staff A Clovis man was sentenced Friday to 2 1/2 years in prison after pleading guilty to his 10th DWI, according to a press release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office. Steve Madrigal, 50, was arrested in May 2005 during a traffic stop, the release said. At the time of the arrest, Madrigal’s […]

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 […]

Man receives sentence for assault

CNJ Staff A 33-year-old man was sentenced Friday to 12 1/2 years in prison for drug possession and assaulting a police officer, according to a press release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office. David Lopez was found guilty by a jury in May of possession of methamphetamine, assault on a police officer, resisting arrest […]

Convicted shooter given 13 more years

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer An additional 13 years was tacked on Monday to a life sentence of a 33-year-old Clovis man convicted last month of first-degree murder. William Riley will have to serve 43 years in prison before he is eligible for parole in connection with the June 2005 shooting death of Roshawn […]

Riley awaits sentencing

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisleWilliam Riley talks with his attorney, Luis Juarez (right), during his sentencing hearing Tuesday at the Curry County Courthouse. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer A 33-year-old Clovis man convicted by a jury of first-degree murder last month apologized to the victim’s family Tuesday during his sentencing hearing. After hearing arguments […]

Clovis man pleads guilty in slaying

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A Clovis man on Monday pleaded guilty to a second-degree murder charge and was sentenced to 16 years in prison. Byron Logan, 25, was accused in the 2004 slaying of Tony Parker, a 31-year-old father of two. Logan’s guilty plea came just minutes before his jury trial was to […]

3/12 Court dispositions

The following criminal dispositions were recently filed in the 9th Judicial District Court: • Mytrice Williams, 34, pleaded guilty to forgery and embezzlement ($2500 to $20,000, two counts), and is ordered to serve three years imprisonment followed by three years supervised probation and pay all fines and fees. The sentence of imprisonment was suspended. • […]

DWI offender sentenced to three years

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Christian Heller Jr. was wheeled out of the courthouse, sobbing, before a sentence was handed down Wednesday to the man who made him a paraplegic. Ninth Judicial District Judge Teddy Hartley sentenced Timothy Walton, 46, to the maximum of three years in prison for driving while intoxicated and causing […]

2/26 Court dispositions

The following criminal dispositions were recently filed in the 9th Judicial District Court: • John Clark, 43, pleaded guilty to aggravated battery against a household member, false imprisonment, is adjudged to be a habitual offender, and is ordered to serve one year six months imprisonment and pay all fines and fees. He will receive credit […]