Sentence upheld in tornado fund embezzlement case

CNJ staff District Judge Teddy Hartley upheld his 10-year prison sentence Wednesday of a woman who stole money from a tornado relief fund. Originally sentenced May 31 in Hartley’s court, Lori Howard had filed a motion asking him to reconsider. District Attorney Matt Chandler said Howard’s attorney asked Hartley to consider probation in lieu of […]

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 […]

Press release: Portales man sentenced for second-degree murder

Portales, NM ~ Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced today that Isaac Montano, Jr., age 48, was sentenced to serve twenty (20) years in the Department of Corrections for Second Degree Murder and Armed Robbery.

Clovis man sentenced for attacking fellow inmate

CNJ staff A 30-year-old Clovis man was sentenced Tuesday to seven years for attacking a fellow inmate with a broomstick in November 2008. The most recent sentence brings Guadalupe Urquizo’s sentence to 41 years imprisonment for several violent acts since 2008, according to a Tuesday press release from the district attorney’s office. Urquizo is one […]

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 […]

Clovis man sentenced to ten years for nose biting

CNJ staff A 36-year-old Clovis man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for biting off another man’s nose. Joey Maes, convicted in March of aggravated burglary and aggravated battery, was sentenced Wednesday in the 9th Judicial District Court, records show. Following his prison sentence, Maes will be required to serve three years supervised […]

Roswell man sentenced to 48 years for murder

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Brandon Barela waves to his family Monday after receiving his sentence of 48 years for the death of Ron Hittson. Barela will be eligible for parole after he completes a 30-year life sentence and 85 percent of an 18-year term. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A 25-year-old Roswell man […]

Bovina man sentenced to seven years for 2008 robberies

Freedom New Mexico Jesus Larrea, 21, of Bovina, was sentenced to seven years in prison Wednesday after pleading guilty in the robbery of two Clovis Dairy Queens in 2008. He is the final defendant to be sentenced in the case. Larrea and two other Bovina men were arrested Nov. 16, 2008, in Parmer County when […]

Clovis man sentenced for cocaine trafficking

CNJ staff A 43-year-old Clovis man was sentenced to 18 years in prison Thursday for trafficking cocaine. James Sneed was convicted by a jury in October. He was arrested while drug task force agents were serving a search warrant at his home in March 2009. During the search, Sneed was attempting to get dressed and […]

Clovis man sentenced to 10 years for pizza robbery

CNJ staff A 23-year-old Clovis man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for robbing a pizza employee in September. Gabriel Moya was convicted of armed robbery, conspiracy to commit armed robbery, aggravated battery and unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, according to a press release from the district attorney’s office. Police said Sept. […]

Bovina man sentenced for robbery

CNJ staff A Bovina man was sentenced Monday to seven years in prison for robbing two Clovis Dairy Queens in 2008. Christopher Garcia, 20, pleaded guilty to two counts of armed robbery, court records show. He must serve at least 85 percent of his sentence because the court found his charges were serious violent offenses, […]

Armed robber sentenced to seven years in prison

Clovis, NM — Matthew Chandler, Ninth Judicial District Attorney, announced today that Christopher Garcia, age 20, was convicted of two (2) counts of Armed Robbery and ordered to serve seven (7) years in the Department of Corrections. The charges stem from November 16, 2008 when officers were called to respond to the Dairy Queen located […]

Inmate sentenced for attack on guards

CNJ staff A 29-year-old Clovis man who attacked two detention officers with a handmade shank was sentenced Wednesday to serve 24 years imprisonment. Guadalupe Urquizo received the maximum sentence and is facing an additional four years if found to be a habitual offender, according to a press release from the district attorney’s office. A jury […]

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 […]

Press release: Man sentenced for drug smuggling at jail

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Clovis man sentenced to 18 years on molestation charge

CNJ staff A 36-year-old Clovis man was sentenced Thursday to 18 years in prison for molesting a 10-year-old child. Nick Trujillo was found guilty May 1 of criminal sexual contact with a minor, according to a release from the district attorney’s office. In January 2008, a 10-year-old girl told her aunt and father that her […]

Press release: Clovis man sentenced to 18 years for criminal sexual contact of a minor

Matthew Chandler, Ninth Judicial District Attorney, announced today that Nick Trujillo, age 36, was sentenced to eighteen (18) years in the Department of Corrections for Criminal Sexual Contact of a Minor, a second degree felony.

Jail escapee sentenced to 30 years on home invasion charges

Freedom New Mexico Jail escapee Reynaldo Jeremy Enriquez — who police called the ringleader in eight home invasions — was sentenced to 30 years in prison Wednesday for the home invasion that ended a 2008 summer crime spree. Enriquez, 20, was convicted in April of kidnapping, aggravated burglary, two counts of aggravated assault with a […]

Clovis man sentenced to 30 years for Curry County home invasion

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Reynaldo Jeremy Enriquez Clovis, NM ~ Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced today that Reynaldo Jeremy Enriquez, age 20, was sentenced to serve the thirty (30) years in the Department of Corrections for one count of kidnapping, one count of aggravated burglary, two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, one count of […]