Press release: Alamogordo attorney convicted

Alamogordo, NM — Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced that Alamogordo attorney and most recent Otero County Bar Association President Raymond Van Arnam, age 60, was convicted and sentenced late (Tuesday) afternoon in Otero Magistrate Court for kicking in the back door of his civil client’s estranged husband’s house, loading up and hauling away […]

Tucumcari woman sentenced for bank robbery

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Juana Griego and three others were charged with robbing the American Heritage Bank near Melrose of almost $30,000 shortly after it opened for business the morning of April 12, 2010. CNJ staff A Tucumcari woman convicted in a 2010 daylight robbery of American Heritage Bank in Melrose was sentenced Tuesday to five years in prison. […]

Convicted teen sentenced to state custody

CNJ staff The 13-year-old convicted in the July 2010 shooting death of 21-year-old Angel Vale has received the maximum sentence under New Mexico law. DeAngelo Montoya, convicted of second-degree murder, aggravated burglary, two counts of tampering with evidence and larceny, has been committed to the custody of the state Children, Youth and Families Department until […]

Teen homicide involvement raises concerns

Argen Duncan and Thomas Garcia With a 13-year-old convicted of second-degree murder and a 16-year-old and 17-year-old charged in Sunday’s homicide, there is disagreement as to whether such young people committing violent crimes is an anomaly or a trend. Friday, a Roosevelt County jury convicted 13-year-old DeAngelo Montoya of shooting and killing 21-year-old Angel Vale […]

Teen faces eight years in state custody

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File photo Convicted of second-degree murder at 13-years-old, DeAngelo Montoya faces a maximum of eight years in state custody. Sharna Johnson Convicted of second-degree murder at 13-years-old, DeAngelo Montoya faces a maximum of eight years in state custody; less than a third of the time an adult would face for the same acts. And his […]

Clovis man convicted of burglary

CNJ staff Jeremiah Mascarenas, 31, of Clovis was convicted Monday of burglary and resisting an officer and ordered to serve five years in prison. According to a release from District Attorney Matt Chandler, Mascarenas was found inside a home June 4 while committing a theft. Officials said Mascarenas ran out the back door, leading officers […]

Clovis man convicted in stabbing

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Luciano Guerra, 20, was convicted of first-degree murder Thursday in the March stabbing death of Andrew Gama. Sharna Johnson While the family of Andrew Gama sobbed, defendant Luciano Guerra bowed his head in his hands and cried, reaching for a tissue while a jury’s guilty verdicts were read. Thursday, after […]

Clovis man sentenced to eight years on drug charges

CNJ staff A Clovis man was sentenced Monday to eight years in prison on drug charges. Marcello Garza, 34, was convicted in October of possession of paraphernalia, marijuana and methamphetamines as well as felon in possession of a firearm, according to a press release from the district attorney’s office. The convictions stemmed from two incidents. […]

Portales man convicted in theft

CNJ staff A 63-year-old Portales man was convicted by a jury Friday of receiving property stolen from the city of Clovis. Thomas Campbell faces three years in prison and a maximum fine of $5,000 on a charge of receiving or disposing of stolen property valued over $2,500, according to a press release from the district […]

Inmate attacks brother’s convicted killer

CNJ staff A Curry County inmate attacked his brother’s convicted killer Tuesday in the holding and booking area at the jail, according to an arrest warrant filed by Curry County Sheriff’s investigators. Guadalupe Murillo, 28, who was being held at the jail on charges he stabbed a man Saturday at Wal-Mart, attacked Christopher Meier while […]

New trial under way in Portales for Casillas

Jared Tucker PORTALES — A new trial is under way for Anthony Casillas, 23, who is charged with two shooting deaths in Clovis in 2008. District Attorney Matt Chandler said 911 tapes from the night of the shooting were introduced Tuesday morning as evidence after opening statements. The trial in District Court is expected to […]

Weekly update — Aug. 1

Fugitive convicted of child molestation A St. Louis jury has convicted Jerry Klinker of child molestation. Klinker, wanted as a fugitive by St. Louis authorities, was captured in Curry County in April 2009 in the home of then-superintendent of Clovis Christian Schools Steven Schultze. Shultze was investigated but never charged with any wrongdoing. He and […]

Press release: Man gets seven years in broom stick attack

Clovis, NM ~ Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced today that Guadalupe Urquizo, age 30, was sentenced to serve 7 years in the Department of Corrections for one (1) count of Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon. Urquizo has now been sentenced to a total of 41-years in prison for several convictions involving numerous […]

Man convicted in shooting shot by Albuquerque police

Staff and wire reports A man convicted in the 1998 shooting death of a Tucumcari man was shot to death Tuesday by Albuquerque police. Albuquerque police have identified a man fatally shot by an officer at a truck stop as 42-year-old Julian Calbert formerly of Tucumcari. Curry County Undersheriff Wesley Waller, a retired state police […]

Press Release: Two from Clovis convicted of trafficking

Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced today that James Metzger, age 38, was convicted of one (1) count of Trafficking Methamphetamines, a second degree felony, and sentenced to three (3) years in the Department of Corrections. Additionally, Anna Goodwin, age 38, was also convicted of one (1) count of Trafficking Methamphetamines, a second degree […]

Bill targets domestic violence offenders in police ranks

By Steve Terrell: The Santa Fe New Mexican A person convicted of domestic violence couldn’t be certified as a law-enforcement officer for three years, and officers convicted of such a charge would lose their certification under a bill introduced Wednesday. House Bill 17, sponsored by Rep. Nate Cote, D-Las Cruces, is being pushed by Gov. […]

Man sentenced for drug smuggling

CNJ staff A 35-year-old Clovis man was sentenced to four years in prison for having a woman sneak drugs into the jail. Paul Apodaca was convicted Friday of conspiracy to traffic narcotics into the Curry County Adult Detention Center, according to a press release from the district attorney’s office. In October 2008, a detention officer […]

Sex offender returning to prison for providing false address

CNJ staff A convicted sex offender is headed back to prison for a year and a half after providing police a false address.Kenneth Leon Mills, 30, was convicted of failure to register as a sex offender, according to a press release from the district attorney’s office.Mills was released on probation in 2004 under instructions to […]

Home invasion suspect sentenced to 41 years

By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico A Portales man who chose to represent himself amid allegations he beat an 82-year-old woman while burglarizing her home has been convicted and sentenced to 41 years in prison. A Roosevelt County jury convicted Preston Blake of aggravated burglary and other charges on Friday. Blake, 27, is the third […]

Roosevelt County mother sentenced to 18 years imprisonment

Freedom New Mexico A Roosevelt County woman convicted of first-degree child abuse was sentenced Friday to 18 years in prison. Alicia Dean, 32, was given the maximum sentence under law, said District Attorney Matt Chandler. “Because it is a first degree felony, there is a mandatory 18 year sentence,” Chandler said. “She would have to […]