Friday morning briefing: On marriage, no degree and a deadly fire sparks change

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing.Quirky quote of the day “An open marriage is nature’s way of telling you that you need a divorce.” — Ann Landers Peek-a-blog Political blogster Joe Monahan’s latest posting includes this comment from Tommie Newman of Clovis regarding questions raised about possible GOP Senate candidate […]

Arrests made in beating death of Clovis man in Hobbs prison

CNJ staff Three inmates were charged Wednesday in the Jan. 3 beating death of a Clovis man at a Hobbs prison. Martin Knief, 30, Lorenzo Mora, 30, and Christopher Morrisette, 31, have been charged with first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, tampering with evidence and intimidation of a witness. Paul Lasner, 31, was pronounced […]

Robert Macias found guilty of first-degree murder

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson District Attorney Matt Chandler listens with the jury to a 911 call reporting Wilfred Salas Jr.’s car crashed at Seventh and Merriwether Streets. Police later discovered Salas crashed after being shot in the back of the head as he drove north on Merriwether Street. Sharna Johnson For a second time, […]

Retrial begins in case of 2006 shooting

CNJ staff A second trail has begun for a 35-year-old Clovis man whose first-degree murder conviction was overturned by the New Mexico Supreme Court in 2009. Robert “Pelon” Macias’ is charged with murder in the January 2006 shooting of 19-year-old Wilfred Salas Jr. Jury selection was held Monday in the 9th Judicial District Court. Macias […]

Short snow flurry hits Clovis

Kevin Wilson The snow that hit Clovis Monday was brief, and the National Weather Services thinks it will be isolated. Clovis received trace amounts of snow Monday while many were on lunch break. The flurry lasted from about 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., but 40-degree weather kept the snow from accumulating. Daniel Porter, a meteorologist with […]

Tucumcari man receives maximum sentences for felonies

Freedom New Mexico Justice Albert J. Mitchell of the 10th Judicial District Court ruled Tuesday that a Tucumcari man would serve the maximum allowed sentences for a string of felonies. Earl Moses Ingram was sentenced to a total of 31 years, six months in jail to be served consecutively. He was also sentenced to serve […]

Clovis woman sentenced to 15 years in stabbing

CNJ staff A 43-year-old Clovis woman was sentenced Wednesday to 15 years in prison for second degree murder. Robbin Banister pleaded guilty to the crime earlier this year, but sentencing was postponed for evaluations, according to a press release from District Attorney Matthew Chandler. The sentence is the maximum for second degree murder. Chandler said […]

Press release: Convicted murderer receives maximum sentence

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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 […]

Casillas found guilty

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Casillas Jared Tucker A Roosevelt County jury on Monday convicted Anthony Casillas of two counts of first-degree murder in the Sept. 25, 2008, shooting deaths of two people on Clovis’ west side. Casillas, 23, shot and killed 52-year-old Gary Payne of Melrose and 36-year-old Melissa Ward of Lubbock while riding in a van on Martin […]

Portales man pleads guilty to second-degree murder

Issac Montano Jr., 48, of Portales, was sentenced to 20 years in prison Friday after pleading guilty to second-degree murder and armed robbery. He was accused in the July 2008 death of Donald Chapman of Portales. “The credit for this conviction goes to the quick response and investigation by the Portales Police Department,” 9th Judicial […]