Armed robber sentenced to seven years in prison

Clovis, NM — Matthew Chandler, Ninth Judicial District Attorney, announced today that Christopher Garcia, age 20, was convicted of two (2) counts of Armed Robbery and ordered to serve seven (7) years in the Department of Corrections.

The charges stem from November 16, 2008 when officers were called to respond to the Dairy Queen located on East First Street in Clovis in reference to a robbery at gunpoint. A radio dispatch was immediately released, notifying all law enforcement of the suspect’s descriptions and the getaway vehicle description. Shortly after the dispatch, three suspects were apprehended in the neighboring Parmer County. Clovis Police Department detectives interviewed the suspects, who admitted being involved in not only the robbery that occurred that day, but also confessed to committing the armed robbery on October 30, 2008 at the Clovis Dairy Queen located on Main Street.

The Honorable Judge Teddy L. Hartley presided over the sentencing and Chief Deputy District Attorney Andrea Reeb prosecuted the case for the State of New Mexico. Judge Hartley sentenced the defendant to serve seven (7) years in the New Mexico Department of Corrections.

Additionally, the Court found that these crimes were considered “serious violent offenses”, and the defendant will be required to serve 85% of his sentence before being eligible for release. Once Garcia finishes his prison term, he faces an intensively supervised probation period of an additional five (5) years.