Convicted killer Casillas given consecutive life sentences

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Kevin Wilson A Curry County judge sentenced Anthony Casillas to a pair of consecutive life sentences plus five-and-a-half years in an emotional sentencing hearing Friday afternoon. Casillas, 24, was convicted in August of two counts of murder, a felony firearm possession charge and tampering with evidence with habitual offender enhancements in connection to the 2008 […]

Police say Pep man produced pornography

Freedom New Mexico A 41-year-old Pep man has been arrested on charges of violating his parole by producing pornographic material, and two women he employed were arrested on charges of prostitution and encouraging parole violation, according to a news release from the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office. Parole violation is a felony, and prostitution is a […]

Letter to the Editor: Thankful for work of FBI

Thankful for work of FBI I have lost all faith in the New Mexico state criminal justice system. Donald Taylor only served about 4 1/2 years in prison for the attempted armed robbery of Wal-Mart in Portales and the parole board released him. Within two months, he shot my father, Bo Chunn. We heard Donald […]

Deputies capture parole violator

Freedom New Mexico Sheriff’s deputies said they shot a 28-year-old Roosevelt County man with an electronic stun gun Wednesday while he was trying to escape. The man is identified as Juan Z. Bustamante and is accused being a probation and parole absconder. Chief Deputy Malin Parker said a warrant for Bustamante’s arrest was issued Tuesday […]

Sex offender arrested for parole violation

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One arrested in drug bust

PNT Staff Report Police officers arrested a Portales man Wednesday on a variety of drug-related charges while they were conducting a probation and parole operation in Portales, according to a Portales Police Department news release. Kyle Lopez, 19, was arrested and charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance and […]

Portales man gets 18 years

PNT Staff Report A Portales man was sentenced Thursday to 18 years in prison for sexual assault of a minor and possession of child pornography. William Railing, 37, pleaded guilty to criminal sexual assault of a minor and 100 counts of possession of electronic child pornography, according to a press release from 9th Judicial District […]

Sex offender oversight has little local impact

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Only one local case was affected by a statewide oversight that led to approximately 100 convicted sex offenders receiving parole periods shorter than they should have. The state Corrections Department has identified more than 100 cases in which sex offenders weren’t given the proper amount of probation or parole time […]

5/22 Public Record

The following criminal dispositions were recently filed in the magistrate court: • Betty Beckwith, 44, pleaded no contest to aggravated DWI (2nd offense), careless driving and is ordered to serve 8 days in the Roosevelt County Detention Center followed by 356 days supervised probation, allow an ignition interlock device to be installed on any vehicles […]