Killer given 21 1/2 years

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent A 23-year-old Clovis man was sentenced Tuesday to 21 1/2 years in prison for his role in an argument over a cigarette lighter that turned deadly. As part of a plea bargain, Mark Madrid pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for shooting and killing Porfirio Gonzales, 52, of Clovis in March […]

Shooting accomplice receives 15 years

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer A 27-year-old Clovis man who prosecutors said orchestrated the shooting death of another Clovis man was sentenced to 15 years in prison Monday in an emotionally charged courtroom. Eric Duran pleaded guilty Monday to accessory to second-degree murder. First-degree murder and other lesser charges were dropped in exchange for […]

Shooting suspect accepts plea

By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor A man accused of shooting a Clovis police detective in December of 2002 signed a plea agreement Friday that could result in a jail sentence of more than 30 years. Timothy Burke, 52, agreed to plead guilty to aggravated battery on a police officer, three counts of aggravated assault […]

Vehicular homicide suspect changes plea

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer A Clovis man who agreed to plead guilty last week to vehicular homicide in connection with the July 4, 2003, death of a Clovis woman changed his plea in court Monday to “no contest,” an official with the district attorney’s office said. Assistant District Attorney Fred Van Soelen said […]

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Hail Judge Quinn! Plea was wrong District Judge Stephen Quinn on Monday rejected a plea agreement involving a man accused of shooting a Clovis police detective. Keith Bessette has recovered from his wounds and is now working with police in Iraq. Timothy Michael Burke, 52, is paralyzed from the chest down, a result of officers […]

Police officer says plea bargain would mean an ‘open season’

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Clovis police officers on Thursday asked District Judge Stephen Quinn to not accept a plea bargain prosecutors have offered a man accused of shooting a city detective. Sgt. Dan Aguilar said giving Timothy Michael Burke, 52, a soft sentence would mean “open season on cops.” Burke is accused of […]

Man charged with manufacturing child porn verbally accepts plea

By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor A Cannon Air Force Base staff sergeant charged with more than 100 counts of manufacturing child pornography has verbally accepted a plea agreement, defense and prosecuting attorneys said. Rockey Fleming, 40, is accused of paying three girls — ages 13, 15 and 16 — up to $2,000 to have […]

Airman could face 18 years

By Darrell Todd Maurina Alesia M. Thomas, 22, showed little emotion Tuesday afternoon as she replied in a soft voice to a long list of questions by 9th Judicial District Judge Joe Parker, confirming she understood the terms of a plea bargain. The agreement will put her in state prison for at least 12 years […]

Lawyer for man accused of shooting Clovis police officer requests plea bargain

By Darrell Todd Maurina The lawyer for the man accused of shooting a Clovis police officer in December 2002 asked the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office to offer him a plea bargain during a Monday pretrial conference, District Attorney Brett Carter said. Court records show Timothy Michael Burke, 52, faces charges of aggravated battery upon […]

Clovis man enters homicide plea agreement

By Darrell Todd Maurina One of two men accused in a Feb. 28 double homicide pleaded guilty Monday in Curry County District Court. Joey G. Martinez, 27, of Clovis will serve 29 1/2 years in state prison — with no possibility of parole for 25 years — after pleading guilty to two counts of accessory […]