Press release: Convicted murderer receives maximum sentence

Robbin Banister pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced Wednesday to 15 years in prison.

Clovis, NM: Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced that Robbin Banister, age 43, was sentenced today for one-count of Second Degree Murder. Banister pled guilty to the crime earlier this year but sentencing was postponed until a diagnostic evaluation was completed. Today, the Court sentenced the defendant to serve the maximum penalty allowed by law for Second Degree Murder in New Mexico, fifteen (15) years.

The case stems from June 16, 2009, when Clovis Police officers received information that a stabbing had occurred, a person had been killed, and described the location where the body could be found. Upon responding to the call, officers found a badly decomposed body that was later identified by medical investigators as being Clifford Webber of Clovis. Through the investigation, authorities learned that Banister had stabbed Clifford Webber and then solicited a co-defendant to move Webber’s body. Authorities were able to corroborate the facts of the murder after a search warrant on Bannister’s home revealed blood in various areas in her residence. The criminal investigation ultimately showed that Bannister had stabbed Webber once in the chest and tried to conceal her crimes by hiding evidence and attempting to lead authorities astray by accusing others of committing the murder.

District Attorney Matthew Chandler stated, “Although the penalty for this crime seems minimal, we are pleased to have received the maximum sentence allowed by law in New Mexico. The family of Clifford Webber was satisfied with today’s ruling and the resolution of this case.”

At the sentencing hearing today, the Court sentenced Banister to serve fifteen (15) years in prison. The Honorable Teddy Hartley presided over the proceedings and District Attorney Matthew Chandler and Chief Deputy District Attorney Andrea Reeb prosecuted the case for the State of New Mexico.

For additional information, please contact the Ninth Judicial District Attorney’s Office or visit www.9thda.com.