Law officers aren’t above law

Clovis Media Inc. Thursday was a sad day for eastern New Mexico law enforcement. Former Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry was convicted of tampering with public records, a result of Berry destroying traffic citations issued to an acquaintance. This is the definition of “good ol’ boy” police work, also known as a fourth-degree felony when […]

Tucumcari woman sentenced in bank robbery

Freedom New Mexico A Tucumcari woman convicted in a 2010 daylight robbery of American Heritage Bank in Melrose was sentenced Tuesday to five years in prison. Juana Griego, 20, must serve at least 85 percent of the time behind bars and will be subject to two years of intense supervised parole on release, said Andrea […]

Teen convicted of murder faces eight-year sentence

Sharna Johnson Convicted of second-degree murder at 13 years old, DeAngelo Montoya faces a maximum of eight years in state custody; less than a quarter of the time an adult would face for the same acts. And his time will most likely be spent at a facility designed to rehabilitate youth, rather than just incarcerate […]

Clovis man sentenced to eight years on drug charges

Freedom New Mexico Clovis man was sentenced Monday to eight years in prison on drug charges. Marcello Garza, 34, was convicted in October of possession of paraphernalia, marijuana and methamphetamines as well as felon in possession of a firearm, according to a press release from the district attorney’s office. The convictions stemmed from two incidents. […]

Portales man convicted on meth charges

Freedom New Mexico A Portales man was convicted Thursday on six charges, including methamphetamine possession. Greg Sena, 29, was sentenced to 12 1/2 years in the New Mexico State Penitentiary. Sena was also found guilty of battery on a peace officer, aggravated DWI, aggravated battery on a household member with a deadly weapon, attempted child […]

Portales man convicted of receiving stolen property

Freedom New Mexico A 63-year-old Portales man was convicted by a jury Friday of receiving property stolen from the city of Clovis. Thomas Campbell faces three years in prison and a maximum fine of $5,000 on a charge of receiving or disposing of stolen property valued over $2,500, according to a press release from the […]

Bill targets domestic violence offenders in police ranks

By Steve Terrell: The Santa Fe New Mexican A person convicted of domestic violence couldn’t be certified as a law-enforcement officer for three years, and officers convicted of such a charge would lose their certification under a bill introduced Wednesday. House Bill 17, sponsored by Rep. Nate Cote, D-Las Cruces, is being pushed by Gov. […]

Home invasion suspect sentenced to 41 years

By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico A Portales man who chose to represent himself amid allegations he beat an 82-year-old woman while burglarizing her home has been convicted and sentenced to 41 years in prison. A Roosevelt County jury convicted Preston Blake of aggravated burglary and other charges on Friday. Blake, 27, is the third […]

Roosevelt County mother sentenced to 18 years imprisonment

Freedom New Mexico A Roosevelt County woman convicted of first-degree child abuse was sentenced Friday to 18 years in prison. Alicia Dean, 32, was given the maximum sentence under law, said District Attorney Matt Chandler. “Because it is a first degree felony, there is a mandatory 18 year sentence,” Chandler said. “She would have to […]

Two home invasion suspects convicted

Freedom New Mexico Two of seven people accused of participating in a home invasion spree in Clovis and Portales last summer have been convicted of charges. District Attorney Matt Chandler said Jeremy Enriquez, 20, and Oscar Hernandez, 17, were found guilty by a Clovis jury Tuesday of charges stemming from their crime spree. They were […]

Convicted killer shares deep remorse over death

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico “That day was just crazy.” And it is one that Tommy Willis replays in his head over and over again. He was at Elizabeth Kelton’s house and they were arguing over money from a drug transaction the day before. He remembers her throwing a beer bottle at him, and […]

Man convicted in 1993 ‘Bathtub murder’ to be released from prison

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Editor’s note: Background for this story was compiled from court records, news archives and interviews with law enforcement and family members. After the crime scene tape was long gone, a young woman laid to rest, the dust settled in the courtrooms and the case etched in the law books, […]

Clovis man convicted on kidnapping charges

Freedom New Mexico A 36-year-old Clovis man accused of kidnapping and repeatedly raping a woman on a two-day crime spree was convicted by jury trial Wednesday, according to District Attorney Matthew Chandler. Chandler said Anthony Morgan was found guilty on one count of first-degree kidnapping, one count of criminal sexual penetration, two counts of aggravated […]

Ethics bill gets committee nod

By Kate Nash:The New Mexican For years, a measure that would enhance penalties for public officials who are convicted felons couldn’t even get a hearing in the Capitol. And when it was heard, it never cleared a single committee. Wednesday morning, however the bill (SB 141) got a nod from the Senate Rules Committee and […]

Portales teen convicted for aggravated burglary

Freedom New Mexico An 18-year-old Portales man is facing up to 12 years in prison for beating and severely injuring an 82-year-old woman while burglarizing her home, according to a press release from the district attorney’s office. Joel Zertuche was convicted Friday of aggravated burglary and conspiracy to commit aggravated burglary. According to the release: […]

Supreme Court overturns vehicular homicide conviction

Freedom New Mexico The New Mexico Supreme Court has ordered a new trial for a Melrose man convicted in 2004 of homicide by vehicle. A two-year prison sentence for Harry Downey, 75, of Melrose, has been vacated and a pretrial conference is scheduled 8:15 a.m. Jan. 26. Downey was convicted in February 2004 for the […]

Man convicted on meth charges says he didn’t manufacture

PNT staff A Roosevelt County man sentenced last week on methamphetamine manufacturing charges says he didn’t cook meth and was sentenced 15 years in prison for being an addict. Cody Banister, 28, agreed to a plea deal and was sentenced to 21 years in the New Mexico Department of Corrections, with the last six years […]

Portales man convicted of trafficking cocaine

PNT Staff Report Genaro Solis-Cordoba, 31, of Portales has been convicted of trafficking cocaine, a second-degree felony, and given the maximum sentence of nine years in the New Mexico Department of Corrections, according to Roosevelt County Chief Deputy Sheriff Malin Parker. Solis-Cordoba was tried, convicted and sentenced Tuesday on charges stemming from an investigation on […]

Convicted sex offender charged in Tucumcari

Freedom New Mexico A convicted sex offender from Curry County has been charged with the criminal sexual penetration of a Tucumcari 9-year-old, according to a press release from the Tucumcari Police Department. Kenneth Leon Mills, 30, was arrested Tuesday and pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to the charges before the Quay County Magistrate Court. Mills […]

DA: Prisoner was due for transfer before escape

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Convicted killer Edward Salas was due to be transferred to the state’s Department of Corrections one day after he escaped from the Curry County jail, according to District Attorney Matt Chandler. Salas was among a group of eight inmates who escaped on Sunday night. He remained at large on […]