Virtual farm guilty pleasure

Sharna Johnson “Thank you for feeding my chickens.” The words formed in my brain, but I managed to engage the filter right before they made it off the tip of my tongue. Instead I smiled as I passed a professional female acquaintance in the courthouse hallway and kept walking, mentally kicking myself. You see, I [...]

Portales man pleads guilty to second-degree murder

PNT staff Issac Montano Jr., 48, of Portales, was sentenced to 20 years in prison Friday after pleading guilty to second-degree murder and armed robbery. He was accused in the July 2008 death of Donald Chapman of Portales. “The credit for this conviction goes to the quick response and investigation by the Portales Police Department,” [...]

Public record — June 8

Recent Magistrate Court cases, according to court documents: June 3 Abel Munoz-Solis, age unknown, pled guilty to DWI (second offense), Driving on a suspended/revoked license, open container, no registration, no insurance and tail lamps violation. Sentenced to 364 days in jail with 360 suspended leaving four days to serve; two years supervised probation; must attend [...]

Portales jury: Watson not guilty in Chunn slaying

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer A Roosevelt County jury has found farmer William “Billy Joe” Watson not guilty of hiring an Aryan Brotherhood member to kill Causey rancher Jimmie Bo Chunn and not guilty of attempting to manufacture methamphetamine. The verdict came about noon Tuesday. Watson was accused of hiring Rogers native Donald Taylor [...]

Jury finds Barela guilty

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Brandon Barela’s facial expression didn’t change as the guilty verdict was read Thursday afternoon. After less than two hours of deliberations, a Curry County jury found the 25-year-old guilty of first-degree murder, kidnapping, armed robbery and two counts of tampering with evidence. He faces a maximum sentence of life [...]

Roosevelt County men fined for poaching

Freedom New Mexico Two men were fined and one sentenced to jail after pleading guilty Oct. 21 to poaching charges. Jacob Gaines, 21, of Roosevelt County was sentenced to 30 days in jail and fined $2,255 for poaching a deer and antelope. Wade Richardson, 23, of Portales pleaded guilty to unlawful killing of an antelope [...]

Taylor pleads guilty in 2005 slaying

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer The man charged with shooting a Causey rancher in 2005 as part of a murder-for-hire drug deal has pleaded guilty in exchange for a life sentence, avoiding the death penalty. Rogers native Donald Scott Taylor, 29, entered the plea to federal charges in Albuquerque Friday. The nine charges against [...]

Aug. 25, 1993

Eastern New Mexico University student Tommy Wayne “T-Wayne” Wilis, 22, of Tulsa, Texas, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of Catherine Elizabeth Kelton, according to Portales news archives. The guilty plea stunned several of Willis’ faternity brothers who were in court for the hearing.

Tucumcari man pleads not guilty in shooting

Freedom New Mexico TUCUMCARI — Robert W. Wynashe, 66, of Tucumcari pled not guilty in court Thursday to charges stemming from the shooting of another man in the parking lot of the Redwood Lodge. Howard Russell King was shot in the neck Monday. He was transferred from Tucumcari

Portales man pleads not guilty to poaching charges

Freedom New Mexico A Portales man accused of poaching deer and antelope has pleaded not guilty to 18 counts of unlawful possession of wildlife and two counts of buying additional deer hunting licenses, according to the state Department of Game and Fish. If convicted, 20-year-old Jacob Gaines, who was arrested March 12, could face fines [...]