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Clovis man sentenced to 18 years in prison
A 30-year-old Clovis man was sentenced Wednesday to 18 years in prison for kidnapping, battery and assault, according to a news release from the district attorney’s office.

Daniel Gutierrez was found guilty of the charges in an August jury trial. He must serve 85 percent of the sentence before he is eligible for parole, the news release said.

Gutierrez severely beat his fiancee, Jessica Baca, on April 16, 2004, the news release said. She was treated for a broken nose, injured eardrum, broken tooth, numerous lacerations and bruises and internal bleeding, the release said.

Gutierrez will be placed on 4 1/2 years probation once he’s released from prison, the release said. Judge Stephen Quinn presided over the trial and sentencing.

Judge taking break after surgery
Ninth Judicial District Judge Teddy Hartley will be off the bench for at least two weeks while he recovers from back surgery he had on Tuesday.

Hartley’s case load has been rescheduled— 27 cases have been delayed to later dates, according to Karen Hill, Hartley’s administrative assistant .

Some of Hartley’s cases have been pushed forward two months.

The sentencing hearing for Timothy Walton, who pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated and paralyzing a Clovis man in July 2004, was postponed from today to March 1, said prosecutor Fred Van Soelen.

Hartley is in hospital care, recovering well, and in excellent health, Hill said.

The surgery was recommended by Hartley’s physician and is the first and only surgery the judge is scheduled to undergo this year, Hill said.

Hartley’s back had been aggravating him over the last several months, and he is expected to make a full recovery, Hill said.

— Staff reports