Tucumcari woman sentenced in bank robbery

Freedom New Mexico A Tucumcari woman convicted in a 2010 daylight robbery of American Heritage Bank in Melrose was sentenced Tuesday to five years in prison. Juana Griego, 20, must serve at least 85 percent of the time behind bars and will be subject to two years of intense supervised parole on release, said Andrea […]

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 […]

Convicted robber sentenced to prison

Freedom New Mexico One of four men police say was chased down by a daring bank executive is facing 12 years in prison for robbing the American Heritage Bank in Melrose. Santos Preciado, 19, pleaded guilty Wednesday to felony counts of armed robbery, conspiracy to commit armed robbery and tampering with evidence, according to Ninth […]

Former ENMU student sentenced on child porn charges

Freedom New Mexico A former Eastern New Mexico University student was sentenced Tuesday to eight years in prison for possession of child pornography, according to a press release from the district attorney’s office. Christopher Kelley, 41, was convicted of eight counts of child pornography, and will be required to serve four years of probation and […]

Clovis man sentenced to eight years on drug charges

Freedom New Mexico Clovis man was sentenced Monday to eight years in prison on drug charges. Marcello Garza, 34, was convicted in October of possession of paraphernalia, marijuana and methamphetamines as well as felon in possession of a firearm, according to a press release from the district attorney’s office. The convictions stemmed from two incidents. […]

Portales men sentenced for sex offenses

Freedom New Mexico A Portales man was sentenced Friday to 12 years in prison for molesting an 8-year-old child. Derek Garcia, 27, will be required to serve 85 percent of his sentence before he is eligible for parole and will be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life, according […]

Press release: Portales man sentenced to 12 years for sex offenses

Portales, NM: Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced that Derek Garcia, age 27, was convicted by a Portales jury for two counts of Criminal Sexual Contact of a Minor under the Age of 13, second degree felonies. Garcia was sentenced by the Court to serve 12-years in prison for his crimes. The case stems […]

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 […]

Clovis woman sentenced in stabbing

Freedom New Mexico A 43-year-old Clovis woman was sentenced Wednesday to 15 years in prison for second degree murder. Robbin Banister pleaded guilty to the crime earlier this year, but sentencing was postponed for evaluations, according to a press release from District Attorney Matthew Chandler. The sentence is the maximum for second degree murder. Chandler […]

Public record — Aug. 12

Recent cases in the Portales Magistrate Court: July 20 Jerrod Long, DOB 1988, pleaded guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia; sentenced to 364 days in jail with 364 suspended; one year supervised probation; and $198 in fines. Possession of marijuana charge is dismissed per plea agreement. July 21 Pedro Villalobos, DOB 1988, pleaded guilty to […]