Teen sentenced as adult for infant’s death

CNJ Staff

An 18-year-old Clovis man was sentenced as an adult late Friday to 25 years in prison in connection with the death of his infant son.

Benito Valdez pleaded guilty in April to the intentional child abuse that resulted in the death of his 4-month-old son, Christopher. Valdez was 16 at the time. The baby was found dead Jan. 14, 2006.

District Judge Stephen Quinn ruled he was sentencing Valdez as an adult because he did not believe Valdez was amenable to treatment, according to District Attorney Matt Chandler.

Valdez will not be eligible for parole until he serves 85 percent of his sentence, Chandler said.

Had he been sentenced as a juvenile, Valdez would have served his sentence with Children Youth and Families Department until he turned 21.