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 woman sentenced to 15 years in stabbing

CNJ staff A 43-year-old Clovis woman was sentenced Wednesday to 15 years in prison for second degree murder. Robbin Banister pleaded guilty to the crime earlier this year, but sentencing was postponed for evaluations, according to a press release from District Attorney Matthew Chandler. The sentence is the maximum for second degree murder. Chandler said […]

Press release: Convicted murderer receives maximum sentence

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Robbin Banister pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced Wednesday to 15 years in prison. Clovis, NM: Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced that Robbin Banister, age 43, was sentenced today for one-count of Second Degree Murder. Banister pled guilty to the crime earlier this year but sentencing was postponed until a diagnostic […]

Press release: Portales man sentenced for second-degree murder

Portales, NM ~ Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced today that Isaac Montano, Jr., age 48, was sentenced to serve twenty (20) years in the Department of Corrections for Second Degree Murder and Armed Robbery.

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 […]

Press release: Man gets seven years in broom stick attack

Clovis, NM ~ Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced today that Guadalupe Urquizo, age 30, was sentenced to serve 7 years in the Department of Corrections for one (1) count of Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon. Urquizo has now been sentenced to a total of 41-years in prison for several convictions involving numerous […]

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 […]

Roswell man sentenced to 48 years for murder

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Brandon Barela waves to his family Monday after receiving his sentence of 48 years for the death of Ron Hittson. Barela will be eligible for parole after he completes a 30-year life sentence and 85 percent of an 18-year term. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A 25-year-old Roswell man […]

Bovina man sentenced to seven years for 2008 robberies

Freedom New Mexico Jesus Larrea, 21, of Bovina, was sentenced to seven years in prison Wednesday after pleading guilty in the robbery of two Clovis Dairy Queens in 2008. He is the final defendant to be sentenced in the case. Larrea and two other Bovina men were arrested Nov. 16, 2008, in Parmer County when […]

Clovis man sentenced for cocaine trafficking

CNJ staff A 43-year-old Clovis man was sentenced to 18 years in prison Thursday for trafficking cocaine. James Sneed was convicted by a jury in October. He was arrested while drug task force agents were serving a search warrant at his home in March 2009. During the search, Sneed was attempting to get dressed and […]