Clovis man gets two life sentences

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Dominic Murphy was sentenced to a minimum of 60 years in prison Tuesday for the killings of Alex Rodriguez, 29, and Wesley Griest, 39. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Dominic Murphy showed no emotion Tuesday when he was sentenced to two life terms in connection with the 2003 shooting deaths […]

Sentencing ruling is first step, not total solution

CNJ staff It is not difficult to criticize the circuitous way the U.S. Supreme Court — acting Wednesday more like a quasi-legislative body than a court — went about downgrading but not quite eliminating the controversial sentencing “guidelines” system Congress set up in 1984. The high court might have created less confusion if it had […]

Clovis man convicted on manslaughter

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James Rogers By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor A Clovis man was convicted of voluntary manslaughter last week. The victim’s mother had hoped for more. James Rogers, 43, of Clovis, was convicted on Friday of shooting and killing David Wilt, 47, on Sept. 9, 2003, in a mutual friend’s home at 4220 N. Prince Street. […]

Sheriff proposes ways to escape prison costs

By Jack King Curry County Sheriff Roger Hatcher has asked the New Mexico Sentencing Commission to consider proposals that would lessen the cost to counties of housing state prisoners. The New Mexico Sentencing Commission, formerly the state Criminal and Juvenile Justice Coordinating Committee, advises the state executive, legislative and judicial branches on matters of criminal […]

Ex-band director sentenced to 10 1/2 years

By Darrell Todd Maurina Former Yucca Junior High School band director Paul J. Duran, 36, showed no emotion in Curry County District Court on Friday afternoon after learning he will spend up to 10 1/2 years in state prison. Duran pleaded guilty to criminal sexual contact and criminal sexual penetration involving one of his 15-year-old […]