Cops and courts: Man faces up to 33 1/2 years for multiple crimes

A Clovis man faces up to 33 1/2 years in prison after a jury convicted him of multiple crimes earlier this month.

A jury found Charles Ray Kirven, 38, guilty of aggravated battery, burglary, two counts of conspiracy to commit burglary, criminal damage and possession of stolen property.

According to a press release from the district attorney, Kirven and accomplices broke into a home in the early morning hours of April 15, 2003. He demanded money from the victim and returned later in the night to again demand money.

When the victim said he had no money, Kirven reportedly struck the victim in the head with a hammer. According to the report, the burglars then ransacked the house and left with several electronic products. Kirven was later apprehended by Clovis police officers, who found the stolen items in the trunk of his car.

He faces 17 1/2 years for the convictions, and an additional 16 because he has four prior felonies, the release said. Sentencing is expected in the next 60 days.

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A 19-year-old Clovis man faces multiple charges in connection with a June 25 incident in which a car crashed into a home on Pueblo Point.

Scott Bender was taken into custody on July 7, according to Clovis police. He was charged with reckless driving, accident involving personal injury, failure to give immediate notice of accident, giving a false report to the arresting officer, open container, minor in possession of alcohol and tampering with evidence, according to a Curry County Adult Detention Center official. He was released within hours of his arrest on $4,000 bond, a jail official said.

According to a police incident report, Bender sustained minor injuries as a result of the crash. The residents of the home were not hurt, but the white Nissan that Bender was driving damaged two rooms when it crashed through the exterior wall and the interior wall before coming to a rest, the report stated.

The driver, unidentified at the time, fled the scene on foot, the report said.

Police attempts to contact the registered owner of the vehicle were unsuccessful, the report stated, but as the investigation continued, police said they were contacted by Scott Bender.

An arrest warrant was obtained for Bender on July 7 and he was taken to county jail.

A person who answered the phone at Bender’s residence said Scott Bender was unavailable for comment.

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New Mexico ranks ninth among states for the rate of suicide among youth 16 and under, according to a report from the Violence Policy Center.

The rate — .98 per 100,000 — is nearly twice the national average. According to the report, states with lax gun laws lead the nation in gun suicides. The study quoted by the VPC analyzes data from the National Center for Injury Prevention and anther database of information to reach its results.

The highest suicide rate was found in Alaska, where 2.61 suicides occurred per 100,000 people.

The national average was .48 per 100,000.

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A Clovis man has been sentenced to six years in prison for two burglaries in 2003. Danny Jimenez, 51, was found guilty of burglarizing a local pawn shop and a church.

Security tapes showed Jimenez stole jewelry and other items from the pawn shop, a press release from the district attorney’s office said. The next morning, it was discovered Sacred Heart Church had been broken into, and someone had taken church-offering money and a bottle of communion wine.

During the church burglary, a hammer had slipped and hit the defendant in the head while trying to pry open a door or window at the church, the press release said. Investigators concluded that the hammer at the church exactly matched a wound on Jimenez’ head.

Jimenez had prior felony convictions of burglary in 1995 and a murder conviction in the 1970s, the release said.

Cops and Courts is compiled by CNJ staff writer David Irvin. He can be contacted at 763-6991 or: david_irvin@link.freedom.com