Shooting suspect pleads

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Jacob Roberts, 20, was Wednesday to a year in jail after agreeing to a plea of involuntary manslaughter in connection with the shooting death of former CHS classmate J.T. Mitchell in March 2004. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent While memories of a state football championship will forever surround a group of […]

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 […]

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 […]

Driver draws stiff sentence

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer A Clovis man was sentenced to 14 1/2 years in prison Friday for killing a pedestrian in what officials say was an alcohol-related accident. Joe Martinez Jr., 34, pleaded no contest to the charges against him in the fall and was adjudged guilty of homicide by vehicle, leaving the […]

Clovis man sentenced to eight years

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer A Clovis man convicted of voluntary manslaughter in September was sentenced to eight years in prison Monday by a district judge. James Rogers, 44, received the maximum for voluntary manslaughter of six years, an additional year for a firearm enhancement and another for aggravated circumstances. A Curry County jury […]

Slaying suspect pleads guilty

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer The second of three men charged in the January 2004 killing of Carlos Murillo of Clovis pleaded guilty Monday to voluntary manslaughter. Including a one-year firearm enhancement filed by the state, Santiago Calbert, 20, of Clovis faces a maximum of seven years in prison, prosecutors said. Sentencing is scheduled […]

Shooting suspect accepts plea

By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor A man accused of shooting a Clovis police detective in December of 2002 signed a plea agreement Friday that could result in a jail sentence of more than 30 years. Timothy Burke, 52, agreed to plead guilty to aggravated battery on a police officer, three counts of aggravated assault […]

Judge postpones mansalaughter sentencing

By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor A district judge on Monday postponed the sentencing of a Clovis man convicted of voluntary manslaughter, saying he needed a diagnostic evaluation of the defendant before making his decision. District Judge Joe Parker said he would like to learn specific anger issues that affect James Rogers, 43, of Clovis. […]

Vehicular homicide suspect changes plea

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer A Clovis man who agreed to plead guilty last week to vehicular homicide in connection with the July 4, 2003, death of a Clovis woman changed his plea in court Monday to “no contest,” an official with the district attorney’s office said. Assistant District Attorney Fred Van Soelen said […]

Former ENMU student gets jail time

COPS AND COURTS District Judge Joe Parker on Friday sentenced a former Eastern New Mexico University student to 19 months in the state Department of Corrections for violating probation, according to a press release from the district attorney’s office. Tiffany Rodgers, 21, was originally ordered to serve six months in jail before being released to […]

Zero tolerance should apply to everyone

by Ned Cantwell At least three New Mexico communities I know of, and I’m betting they are the rule rather than the exception, have recently wrestled with this dilemma: You got this kid, a good kid, a popular kid, a local athlete of some prominence. God has given him the ability to run fast, the […]

Much evil lurks behind mask of God

By Leonard Pitts Jr. I’ve written this column before. I really don’t know why I’m writing it again. After all, there’s little that you or I can do to change things. No letter to a congressman or threat of boycott that’s likely to do any good. So I guess I’m writing just because it would […]

Project Reader Reaction

Hail Judge Quinn! Plea was wrong District Judge Stephen Quinn on Monday rejected a plea agreement involving a man accused of shooting a Clovis police detective. Keith Bessette has recovered from his wounds and is now working with police in Iraq. Timothy Michael Burke, 52, is paralyzed from the chest down, a result of officers […]

Man charged with manufacturing child porn verbally accepts plea

By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor A Cannon Air Force Base staff sergeant charged with more than 100 counts of manufacturing child pornography has verbally accepted a plea agreement, defense and prosecuting attorneys said. Rockey Fleming, 40, is accused of paying three girls — ages 13, 15 and 16 — up to $2,000 to have […]

There’s little pity for Martha Stewart

A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked about Martha Stewart’s five-month prison sentence. Some responses: “MARTHA STEWART’S SENTENCE is appropriate I feel, if she fully completes it, which I doubt that she will do. Jail time absolutely had to be a part of the sentence; otherwise, the court would be sending the message: ‘Jail will […]

Cops and Courts, July 4, 2004

A Roosevelt County grand jury has indicted a Clovis man on charges of kidnapping, three counts of criminal sexual penetration and assault with intent to commit a violent felony. Armando Galvan, 46, was indicted on June 25. A release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office said Galvan is accused of forcing an 18-year-old pregnant […]

Airman sentenced to 12 years in death

By Mike Linn: CNJ NEWS EDITOR Ninth Judicial District Judge Joe Parker on Friday sentenced a former Cannon Air Force Base airman to 12 years in prison in connection with the December 2002 death of her 15-month-old son. Alesia Thomas, 22, faced a maximum penalty of 18 years after entering an Alford plea — maintaining […]

Jury: Innocent of murder

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Fernando Garcia hugs attorney Jim Klipstine Jr. of Hobbs at the Curry County Courthouse after being found not guilty of second-degree murder and tampering with evidence Thursday. Garcia was found guilty of dogfighting. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Darrell Todd Maurina, CNJ STAFF WRITER Dogfight guilt seen by panel Jurors spent two hours trying […]

Police seek suspect in convenience store robbery

By Darrell Todd Maurina Clovis police are searching for a male who store personnel said used a revolver to commit an armed robbery about 10:50 p.m. Thursday at the Allsup’s on 2600 West Seventh Street. According to police reports, a Hispanic male about 5-feet-8 in height with black hair in a buzz-cut style came into […]

Melrose man sentenced to two years

By Darrell Todd Maurina A 70-year-old farmer from Melrose on Wednesday was sentenced to two years in state prison for vehicular homicide, despite warnings from his attorney that prison time could be a death sentence. District Judge Stephen Quinn decided to go beyond the Department of Corrections’ pre-sentencing recommendation that Harry Downey receive five years […]