Clovis woman given prison term in slaying

Darrell Maurina

A Clovis resident received an eight-year prison sentence on Friday in connection with the 2001 stabbing death of Kenneth Smith.
According to 9th Judicial District Attorney Brett Carter, Valorie Duhon, 26, entered a plea agreement in September 2001, and was convicted of accessory to second-degree murder, a second-degree felony; residential burglary, a third-degree felony; and harboring a felon, a fourth-degree felony. Because Duhon’s crimes were classified as serious violent offenses, she will have to serve at least 85 percent of her eight-year term, Carter said.
Pedro J. Amaro was convicted of killing Smith. He will be sentenced at 9 a.m. Friday. His first-degree murder conviction has a mandatory term of life imprisonment, which under New Mexico law, means he must serve at least 30 years before being eligible for parole.

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Terry Wilson, 49, of Clovis, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to two counts of criminal sexual contact with a minor between 13 and 18. Wilson faces up to six years in the New Mexico Department of Corrections for his conduct with the teen-age Amarillo girl in May of 2002. Sentencing is on hold for 60 days while Wilson receives a diagnostic evaluation by corrections officers.
He will have to serve at least 85 percent of the term imposed at final sentencing. Other penalties imposed include sex offender counseling and substance abuse counseling as required by the court, registration as a sex offender, and a bar on contact with the victims or witnesses except for relatives who may be contacted only by letter and with their consent.

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A Bovina couple face charges of second-degree felony endangerment of their infant child, who died on May 10, according to Texas 287th District Attorney Johnny Actkinson.
According to Actkinson, Fidencio Fierro, 26, and Amanda Garcia, 20, were charged after their baby, Xavier Fierro, became entangled in a set of blinds near the infant’s bed.
The charge carries a sentence of two to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. Both Garcia and Fierro are free after each posted a $10,000 bond.

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A Texico resident was cited to appear in municipal court on June 4 and faces a misdemeanor charge of cruelty to animals.
The charge carries a maximum penalty of up to one year in jail and a $1,000 fine.
Police found the man’s 4-month old puppy dead after neighbors called Texico police to report frantic yelping from a nearby home.
“The dog was in the house, loose, and the dog wouldn’t leave so (the owner) started poking it with a rubber bat and the dog bit him,” said Texico police chief John Mares. “He got the dog out from underneath a cabinet and kicked him until the dog started shaking all over and went into convulsions.”
Mares said the dog died about 30 minutes later.
Police also confiscated the owner’s other two dogs and plan to put them up for adoption.
Cops and Courts is compiled by CNJ staff writer Darrell Maurina. He can be contacted at 763-6991 or:
darrell_maurina@link.freedom.com