Clovis man pleads guilty to first-degree murder

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Just as the jury was about to be seated Monday and opening arguments were set to begin, Albert Ramirez decided to plead guilty and accepted the maximum sentence for the first-degree murder of his mother’s boyfriend. Ramirez, 20, will serve life in prison and forfeited his right to an […]

Courts and blotter 11-16

The following is a sampling of calls placed to Portales police dispatchers over the past week: Nov. 10 • At 1:35 a.m., a caller advised of a suspicious male subject who came into his store on North Main Street asking suspicious questions. • At 4:30 p.m., a caller stated that she received a counterfeit $100 […]

Sept 18, 1974

The Portales News Tribune reported that two men, one a student from ENMU, entered guilty pleas before District Judge James C. Compton on grand jury indictments for selling marijuana.

Airman pleads guilty to child solicitation

Freedom New Mexico A 19-year-old former Cannon Air Force Base airman was sentenced to a year in prison Tuesday after pleading guilty to child solicitation by electronic device, according to court records. Michael Lee Harvey will also be required to serve two years supervised probation after his release, according to a release from the District […]

Salas guilty

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By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The crowded Curry County courtroom was stone silent Friday as Judge Teddy Hartley read the verdict: Edward Salas is guilty of first-degree murder in the shooting death of 10-year-old Carlos Perez. In the audience, Lisa Salas rocked rhythmically in her seat, her husband Lolo Salas stared straight ahead, their […]

Magistrate Court Dispositions, March 30, 2008

The following dispositions were filed recently in Roosevelt County Magistrate Court. According to reports: Kaleb Aguirre, 19, pleaded guilty to charges of minor in possession of alcohol. He was ordered to pay $1,000 in fines with $900 suspended, as well as court costs, was sentenced to one year of supervised probation and to perform 30 […]

Novak found not guilty

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — After 3 1/2 years of suspicion, investigation, allegations and military court proceedings surrounding the 2004 death of his wife, Airman Basic Edward Novak II walked out of the Cannon Courthouse on Friday a free man. He was beaming from ear-to-ear, a smile etched on […]

Novak jury recesses for day

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Jurors recessed after deliberating for approximately nine hours Tuesday in the first-degree murder trial of Airman Basic Edward Novak II. They will resume deliberations at 8 a.m. today. If a guilty verdict is rendered, the court will move immediately into sentencing. Novak could face […]

1-27-08 District Court

The following dispositions were filed in Roosevelt County 9th Judicial District Court recently. According to the documents: • Mark Rodriguez, 19, pleaded guilty to the charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a fourth degree felony, and was ordered to serve 18 months of supervised probation and to pay all court fines and fees. […]

1-20-08 Magistrate Court

The following dispositions were filed in Roosevelt County Magistrate Court recently. According to the documents: • Darrnell Yancey, 24, was found guilty of the charge of resisting/evading/obstructing an officer and was ordered to serve 364 days of supervised probation and to pay all court fines and fees. • Joel Lujan, 21, pleaded guilty to the […]

12-23-07 Magistrate Court

The following dispositions were filed in Roosevelt County Magistrate Court recently. According to the documents: • Benjamin Page, 19, pleaded guilty to the charges of possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia and was ordered to pay fines and fees of $364 and attend the ASPEN program. • Justin Baumer, 25, pleaded no contest […]

12-16 District Dispositions

The following dispositions were recently filed in the Roosevelt County District Court: • Ivan Carrillo, 24, pleaded guilty to the charge of battery upon a peace officer is ordered to serve 18 months by the Department of Corrections to run concurrent with the sentence the defendant is currently serving on a Magistrate Court case and […]

12-16 Magistrate Dispositions

The following dispositions were recently filed in the Roosevelt County Magistrate Court: • Matthew Villalobos, 19, pleaded no contest to the charge of possession of marijuana (less than one ounce) and was ordered to pay court fines and fees. • Lalo Aranda pleaded guilty to the charge of public nuisance and was ordered to pay […]

12-2 Magistrate Court Dispositions

The following dispositions were recently filed in the Roosevelt County Magistrate Court: • Joe M. Dominguez, 34, pleaded guilty to the charges of driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor and/or drugs (1st offense) and stop sign violation, was ordered to serve one year supervised probation, attend the ASPEN Program, complete 48 hours of […]

Nov. 11, 2007 Magistrate Dispositions

The following dispositions were recently filed in the Roosevelt County Magistrate Court: • Manual Gallegos, 34, pleaded not guilty and was found guilty by a jury of the aggravated driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs (2nd offense), open container, driving while license suspended or revoked, and was ordered to serve 14 […]

District Dispositions

The following dispositions were recently filed in District Court. • Mark Rodriguez, 19, pleaded guilty to the charge of distribution of marijuana, a fourth-degree felony. He was ordered to serve 18 months supervised probation and sentencing was deferred for 18 months. He was ordered to pay court fines and fees and perform 50 hours of […]

Jury returns guilty verdicts

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Sharna Johnson, Freedom New Mexico Demetrio Salas faces more than 46 years in prison and David Griego up to 20 years for their roles in the 2005 death of a 10-year-old Clovis boy. A Roosevelt County jury returned verdicts against the Clovis men around 2 p.m. Thursday after about five hours of deliberations. Carlos Perez […]

Fort Sumner man found guilty

By Chelle Delaney: Freedom Newspapers TUCUMCARI — A Quay County jury found a Fort Sumner man guilty Thursday of killing his wife three years ago outside their home. The jury deliberated less than two hours before finding Jose Garcia, 42, guilty of murder in the second degree, tampering with evidence and using a firearm in […]

Attorneys prepare for penalty phase

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers A dozen Albuquerque jurors found Stanley Bedford guilty last week of killing Odis and Doris Newman of Portales. The same jury will reconvene Thursday in Albuquerque to determine whether Bedford should die as punishment. The death penalty phase is unlike any other trial in New Mexico, District Attorney Matt Chandler […]

Guilty: Convicted on all eight charges

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers A 43-year-old Portales man will face the death penalty in connection with the 2005 deaths of an elderly Portales couple. An Albuquerque jury found Stanley Bedford guilty Thursday on eight charges, including first-degree murder and kidnapping. Jurors will return June 21 to decide whether Bedford should be executed for the […]