Man sentenced to 19 years in baby death

Clovis Man Sentenced to the Maximum for Child Abuse Resulting in Death

Clovis, NM ~ Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced today Leroy “Roy” Jaramillo, age 44, was sentenced to maximum time allowed under law for his recent jury trial conviction of Child Abuse Resulting in Death. On January 25, 2008, a Clovis Jury deliberated for approximately two hours before returning a Guilty Verdict against Leroy “Roy” Jaramillo for the death of a 9 month-old Clovis baby. The baby, Cristyan Ibarra, died on October 15, 2004 in a Lubbock Hospital from extensive hemorrhaging of the brain and other closed head injuries.

On October 12, 2004, Clovis Police Officers were dispatched to investigate a possible child abuse case at the Clovis Plains Regional Medical Center. Information was received that the baby was left with Mr. Jaramillo at a Clovis hotel for only approximately 15 minutes, but when the baby’s mother returned to the hotel the baby was unresponsive and convulsing. After a lengthy investigation by the Clovis Police Department and Agents with the District Attorney’s Office, an arrest warrant was issued for the Defendant. On December 21, 2005, the Defendant was taken into custody after a two-hour standoff with the Special Response Team from the Clovis Police Department. At trial, an expert for the prosecution testified that the baby died from injuries consistent with ‘Shaken Baby Syndrome.’

Child Abuse Resulting in Death is a 1st degree felony in New Mexico and is now punishable by life in prison. However, in 2004, when the crime was committed the maximum punishment was 18 years in prison.

At today’s sentencing hearing, Judge Stephen Quinn sentenced Leroy Jaramillo to the maximum 18 years in prison. Judge Quinn also increased the sentence by one (1) year because Jaramillo has a prior felony conviction. In all, Jaramillo was ordered to serve the maximum sentence allowed by law, which is nineteen (19) years in prison. The conviction is considered a serious violent offense, which means that Jaramillo must serve a minimum of 85% of his sentence before he is eligible for a parole hearing.

The Honorable Judge Stephen Quinn presided over the jury trial, and District Attorney Matthew Chandler and Chief Deputy District Attorney Andrea Reeb prosecuted the case for the State. For any additional information, please contact the District Attorney’s Office at 575-769-2246 or visit www.9thda.com.