Clovis, NM ~ Matthew Chandler, Ninth Judicial District Attorney, announced that Jeremy Enriquez, age 20, and Oscar Hernandez, age 17, was found guilty by a Clovis jury today. Enriquez and Hernandez are the first of seven total defendants charged with the Clovis and Portales Home Invasion spree that spanned over eight (8) days in July 2008.
Jeremy Enriquez was convicted of Kidnapping, Aggravated Burglary, Conspiracy to Commit Aggravated Burglary, Two (2) Counts of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Intimidation of a State’s Witness, and Two (2) Counts of Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor.
Oscar Hernandez was convicted of Kidnapping, Aggravated Burglary, Conspiracy to Commit Aggravated Burglary, and Concealing Identity.
The convictions stem from an incident that occurred on July 28, 2008, when Defendant Jeremy Enriquez, Defendant Oscar Hernandez, and two other juveniles broke into a Clovis home and assaulted the resident while burglarizing his house. The resident escaped and while running away from the house, Enriquez fired gunshots at him. Clovis Police Officers were dispatched immediately to the scene and located the victim in the street. Upon further investigation, authorities were led to another Clovis residence, where Enriquez and Hernandez were quickly apprehended.
After a three day trial, the Clovis jury deliberated for approximately one and a half hours and returned guilty on all counts. Jeremy Enriquez faces a maximum of thirty-eight (38) years in the Department of Corrections. Oscar Hernandez faces an amenability hearing set by the Court to determine if he shall be sentenced as a juvenile or as an adult. The District Attorney’s Office has filed the appropriate motions and fully intends on seeking adult sanctions against Hernandez. If sentenced as an adult, Hernandez faces a total of twenty four and a half (24 1/2) years in the Department of Corrections. If the Court finds Hernandez amenable to treatment, his maximum exposure will be a commitment to Children, Youth, and Families Department until age 21.
District Attorney Matthew Chandler stated, “The District Attorney’s Office will be seeking the maximum penalty for both defendants. These two men are extremely dangerous and violent, and we believe they should receive the maximum penalty under law for these horrendous acts.”
The Honorable Judge Teddy Hartley presided over the jury trial and Senior Trial Attorney Kirk Chavez and Assistant District Attorney Camille Pedrick-Chavez prosecuted the case for the State.
Defendant Jeremy Enriquez was represented by Public Defense Attorney Fred Reese and Defendant Oscar Hernandez was represented by Private Defense Attorney Jennifer Burrell.
For further information concerning this case, please contact the Ninth Judicial District Attorney’s Office.