Beer Pong Homicide Sentencing

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Thursday, May 18, 2017
Contact: Michael P. Patrick, (505) 908-8591


ALBUQUERQUE - The second defendant involved in the January 1, 2016 homicide of Joray Chavez and the aggravated battery of Robert McCoy was sentenced to 14 years in prison followed by 2 years of parole in the courtroom of District Judge Brett Loveless on Wednesday, May 17. Luis Delgado pled guilty to aggravated burglary with a firearm enhancement and aggravated battery resulting in great bodily harm for his role in the attack following a game of beer pong. The primary defendant, Nathan Ware was sentenced to 20 years followed by 4 years of supervised probation in November 2016. 
 

Dominic Conyers Guilty Plea

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Thursday, May 11, 2017
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Dominic Conyers Guilty Plea
 

ALBUQUERQUE - Today, in the courtroom of District Judge Benjamin Chavez, Dominic Conyers pled guilty to shooting at a dwelling and conspiracy to commit first degree murder in the case of Jaydon Chavez-Silver.
Conyers agreed to serve a 12 year sentence for the June 2015 shooting in NE Albuquerque. He was placed in custody and will face sentencing next week. 
Esias Madrid faces first degree murder charges for his role in the shooting. His trial is set for September. 
Nicholas Gonzales pled guilty and was sentenced earlier this year. 

Tammy Jackson Guilty of Embezzlement

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017
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ALBUQUERQUE - Today, District Judge Cindy Leos sentenced Tammy Jackson to five years for the embezzlement of more than a quarter-million-dollars from a family owned business in Albuquerque. 
Jackson plead guilty to a 2nd degree felony. Between 2010 and 2014 Jackson stole $269,000 from Maintenance Service Systems, Inc., which has been family owned and operated in Albuquerque since 1951.

Steve Swayne Sentenced to 12 years

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Friday, April 21, 2017
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ALBUQUERQUE - Today, District Judge Brett R. Loveless sentenced Steve Swayne to 12 years for his role in the murder of Cory Coyner. Swayne plead guilty to 2nd degree murder and conspiracy for the 2016 murder in a Northeast Albuquerque apartment complex. 
The second co-defendant, William York is set for trial in August. 
Michele Freer plead guilty to two counts of tampering with evidence in January and faces up to six years. Her sentence is pending. 

Grand Jury Releases Indictment on Ben Aguilar

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Monday, April 13 2017
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ALBUQUERQUEToday, a Bernalillo County Grand Jury has returned with an indictment in the case of Ben Aguilar, the man accused giving alcohol to a group of minors and sexually assaulting one of them. Aguilar is charged with five counts of criminal sexual penetration in the second degree, one count of criminal sexual contact of a minor, two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and three counts of selling or giving alcohol beverages to a minor. 
 

Warrants Issued for Street Gang Members

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Monday, April 10 2017
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ALBUQUERQUEToday, bench warrants were issued for three gang members who did not show up for arraignment. These final three are the last of the 15 indicted by a Bernalillo County Grand Jury on March 29th. Kevin Galladay, Carlos Zuniga and Renee Ortega all failed to appear. Charges stem from a violent crime spree where neighborhoods were terrorized by this street gang whose members encouraged minors to participate in their crimes. Counts for the 15 indicted include racketeering, auto and residential burglary, gun thefts and extreme cruelty to animals. 

Samantha Garcia Murder Plea Agreement

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Friday, April 7 2017
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ALBUQUERQUEToday, Samantha Garcia pleaded no contest to second degree murder, criminal solicitation to commit murder and conspiracy to commit murder. Garcia will face between 5 and 22 years for her involvement in the 2014 murder of Eloi Leyba. A sentencing date has not been set.

Danny Trujillo, is currently serving a 15 year sentence for murder of Leyba.

Eight Month Long Crime Spree Ends with 10 Year Sentence

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Wednesday, April 5 2017
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ALBUQUERQUE - Today, one of Albuquerque Police Department's most wanted property crime offenders was sentenced to 10 years. Dan Hoffert plead guilty to 15 felonies in the district courtroom of Judge Jacqueline Flores for crimes including auto burglary, stealing cars and resisting arrest.
Hoffert's eight month long crime spree included 11 felony cases in 2016 alone and left nearly 20 people victimized. 
"The sentencing of Dan Hoffert is part of a new strategy which focuses resources on targeting these types of chronic repeat offenders who victimize the citizens of Bernalillo County," District Attorney Raúl Torrez said. "We want to send a message that we are committed to identifying and prosecuting these types high impact criminals."

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Grand Jury Indicts Street Gang

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Wednesday March 29, 2017
Contact: Michael P. Patrick, (505) 908-8591
 

ALBUQUERQUE - Today, a Bernalillo County Grand Jury has indicted 15 defendants on counts including racketeering, auto and residential burglary, gun thefts and extreme cruelty to animals. These charges stem from a violent crime spree where neighborhoods were terrorized by gang members who encouraged minors to participate in their crimes. 
 
“Modeled after federal law, designed to take down and dismantle organized crime and major drug trafficking organizations, the use of New Mexico’s RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations) statute in this case should be taken as a clear an unequivocal sign that the Bernalillo Counties District Attorney’s Office intends to use any and every available tool to take down any and all violent gangs operating in this jurisdiction,” Bernalillo County District Attorney Raúl Torrez said. 
 
The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department, Albuquerque Police Department and New Mexico State Police worked together with the office of the District Attorney to tie these defendants to one another. In all there were 52 separate cases investigated. 
 
“In particular gang units from BCSO and APD worked tirelessly to connect crimes that may otherwise have gone unsolved and unconnected,” Torrez said. “The outcome of the grand jury today is a testament to the work the four agencies did in collaboration. For those still involved in organized crime on the streets on Albuquerque the lesson of today’s action should be clear. We are dedicated, we are organized and we intend to pursue justice on behalf of citizens of this community.”

Link to video of announcement: 
https://youtu.be/M5CrVQdqZso

Talavera Sentenced to 11 years

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Monday March 27, 2017
Contact: Michael P. Patrick, (505) 908-8591
 

ALBUQUERQUE - Today, Mario Talavera received an 11 year sentence for his involvement in the 2008 murder of Danny Baca.
The sentence was handed down by Bernalillo District Court judge Cindy Leos.
Talavera assisted kidnappers by driving Baca to the Pajarito Mesa where another suspect shot Baca more than 30 times. 
Prosecutors asked for 15 years in the case.
Talavera admitted he burned Baca's body following the shooting. 
One other suspect and the shooter remain at large.
 

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