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 […]