Portales man gets eight-year sentence for burglaries

A 26-year-old Portales man received an eight-year sentence Tuesday for burglarizing two businesses and damaging property at the Roosevelt County jail. Nasario Maldonado was arrested in November 2010 after he was identified by officers watching surveillance footage of a burglary to Robert’s TV and Appliance in Portales, according to a release from the district attorney’s […]

Jan. 23 — Weekly update

PNT staff report Portales woman receives prison sentence Athena Shepherd, charged with abusing her then-10-year-old stepdaughter in September 2009, was sentenced to three years in prison and one year of probation in the case on Jan. 5, according to Ninth Judicial District Court records. She was given one year of pre-sentence confinement credit. Shepherd pleaded […]

Texas man gets life for 1993 shooting

Freedom New Mexico An Odessa, Texas, man was sentenced to life in prison Friday for a 1993 shooting of a Portales man. Arnoldo Navarette, 40, was also given a three-year sentence in connection to a 1993 shooting that killed Reynaldo Ornelas Sr. and injured a bystander. Navarette was found guilty by a jury Sept. 30 […]

Embezzlement sentence upheld

Freedom New Mexico 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 […]

Portales past: June 30, 1910

June 30, 1910: Portales City Council passed an ordinance prohibiting the sale of intoxicating liquors. Violation carried a fine up to $100 and jail sentence up to 30 days.

Portales man sentenced in home invasion

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer A Portales man has received a sentence of 12 years in the state penitentiary in the 2008 beating of a then-82-year-old woman and the burglary of her house. Joel Zertuche, 19, was given the maximum sentence Wednesday after being convicted of aggravated burglary and conspiracy to commit aggravated burglary […]

Life-in-prison sentence OK legislation

By Karl Terry: PNT columnist The question of the death penalty has divided our nation for a long time. It’s not likely that Gov. Bill Richardson’s signature on legislation banning the death penalty will end the struggle. New Mexico will become the second state to ban the death penalty since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstituted […]

Judge denies plea agreement change

Freedom New Mexico District Judge Teddy Hartley on Friday denied a request to change the terms of a recent plea agreement, District Attorney Matt Chandler said. Cody Banister, 28, of Roosevelt County, in January agreed to a 15-year prison sentence following allegations he manufactured methamphetamine. On Friday, Bannister asked to spend the last two years […]

Man receives prison sentence for drug charges

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer A Roosevelt County man accused of running a methamphetamine lab is headed for prison. Cody Banister was sentenced Wednesday to 15 years in a state facility. Banister, 28, accepted a plea deal shortly before the scheduled beginning of a jury trial before Judge Teddy Hartley, according to the Roosevelt […]

Homeschooling presents challenge

By Anita Doberman: PNT columnist These days my routine, if I can even call it that, has drastically changed. Aside from the adjustment of adding baby number six to our midst, I am home-schooling the kids. Did I just say that? I have to re-read the last sentence to make sure it’s actually me home-schooling […]