Court upholds murder conviction

Staff and wire reports SANTA FE — The state Supreme Court has upheld the convictions and prison sentence of a Clovis man for a 2001 murder and robbery. Pedro J. Amaro was sentenced to life in prison plus 31 years for murder, robbery, burglary, arson and other crimes in the stabbing death of Ken Smith […]

Clovis man sentenced for molestation

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Derrick Ervin listens to testimony from the victim’s family Wednesday during his sentencing at Curry County Courthouse. Ervin was sentenced to 33 years in prison for sex crimes committed over an 18-month period. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Editor’s note: The Clovis News Journal has opted to withhold some […]

Driver draws stiff sentence

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer A Clovis man was sentenced to 14 1/2 years in prison Friday for killing a pedestrian in what officials say was an alcohol-related accident. Joe Martinez Jr., 34, pleaded no contest to the charges against him in the fall and was adjudged guilty of homicide by vehicle, leaving the […]

Clovis man sentenced to eight years

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer A Clovis man convicted of voluntary manslaughter in September was sentenced to eight years in prison Monday by a district judge. James Rogers, 44, received the maximum for voluntary manslaughter of six years, an additional year for a firearm enhancement and another for aggravated circumstances. A Curry County jury […]

Slaying suspect pleads guilty

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer The second of three men charged in the January 2004 killing of Carlos Murillo of Clovis pleaded guilty Monday to voluntary manslaughter. Including a one-year firearm enhancement filed by the state, Santiago Calbert, 20, of Clovis faces a maximum of seven years in prison, prosecutors said. Sentencing is scheduled […]

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 […]

Judge postpones mansalaughter sentencing

By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor A district judge on Monday postponed the sentencing of a Clovis man convicted of voluntary manslaughter, saying he needed a diagnostic evaluation of the defendant before making his decision. District Judge Joe Parker said he would like to learn specific anger issues that affect James Rogers, 43, of Clovis. […]

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 […]

Former ENMU student gets jail time

COPS AND COURTS District Judge Joe Parker on Friday sentenced a former Eastern New Mexico University student to 19 months in the state Department of Corrections for violating probation, according to a press release from the district attorney’s office. Tiffany Rodgers, 21, was originally ordered to serve six months in jail before being released to […]

Zero tolerance should apply to everyone

by Ned Cantwell At least three New Mexico communities I know of, and I’m betting they are the rule rather than the exception, have recently wrestled with this dilemma: You got this kid, a good kid, a popular kid, a local athlete of some prominence. God has given him the ability to run fast, the […]