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 […]

Judge adds eight years to murder conviction

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Freedom New Mexico A man convicted of second-degree murder for the shooting death of a 10-year-old Clovis boy will serve 24 years in prison after a judge added eight years to his sentence Wednesday, according to the district attorney’s office. During a bench trial to evaluate sentencing, District Judge Teddy Hartley enhanced the sentence of […]

Robbery nets 21 year sentence

Freedom New Mexico A Clovis man arrested earlier this week for a bank robbery was sentenced Friday to 21 years in prison for the armed robbery of K’s Oriental Food Store, according to a press release from the district attorney’s office. Frank Lasky IV, 22, will be required to serve 85 percent of his sentence […]

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 […]

Libby’s commutation unacceptable

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers It’s unfortunate “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” is on summer break, because only a comedy program could accurately reflect the idea of President George W. Bush commuting a prison sentence. Bush erased a 30-month sentence for I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, convicted of four counts relating to the investigation in […]

Bush was right in commuting Libby’s jail term

President George W. Bush did the appropriate thing in commuting the sentence of I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby — Vice President Dick Cheney’s former chief of staff, who was sentenced to 30 months in jail and a fine of $250,000 for his role in what has become known as Plamegate. Libby will serve no jail time, […]

Bedford spared death

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — Stanley Bedford will not be New Mexico’s third death row inmate. Jurors failed to reach a unanimous verdict in the penalty phase of his trial for the 2005 murders of Doris and Odis Newman of Portales. Bedford, 43, will instead serve the 120-year prison sentence imposed last week […]

Closing arguments completed

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — Jurors heard the final arguments about how they can and should punish Stanley Bedford for the deaths of an elderly Portales couple. The jury that convicted Bedford, 43, of murder, kidnapping and other charges in the March 3, 2005, deaths of Doris and Odis Newman, is now considering […]

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 […]

Libby’s jail sentence miscarriage of justice

Editorial As one of the major behind-the-scenes architects — from his position as Vice President Cheney’s chief of staff — of the lamentable war in Iraq, I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby has a great deal to answer for, whether in the depths of his conscience or in the annals of history. For the crimes of which […]

Judge to review motion in Bedford trial

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor The constitutionality of the death penalty statutes in New Mexico were argued in a pre-trial hearing Monday in the Roosevelt County District courtroom in the case of a man accused of killing a retired Portales couple in 2005. Defense attorney Gary Mitchell of Ruidoso has filed four motions on […]