Life Sentence for Tyler Hernandez

August 29, 2017 - Tyler Hernandez was sentenced to life plus 20.5 years in courtroom of Bernalillo County District Judge Cristina Jaramillo for the 2015 murder of William Mckinley. Hernandez stabbed Mckinley to death after the Four Hills homeowner found Hernandez and Craig Whited breaking into his vehicle. Hernandez was found guilty of first degree murder, aggravated battery, conspiracy, tampering with evidence and larceny.Whited pleaded guilty to lesser charges and is currently serving a five year sentence.

Jury Trial Ends with Guilty Verdict

August 17, 2017 - After six hours of deliberation, the two day long jury trial of Carlos Perez ended with a guilty verdict. Perez was found guilty of 2nd degree murder and battery of a household member for the June 2016 murder of his wife Vanessa Delgado in their S.E. Albuquerque home. Perez brutally strangled and ultimately murdered his wife leaving behind their four children ages ranging from 4-10 years old.  After he strangled her, he tied a plastic bag over her head and left her for dead. A sentencing date is set for November 8, 2017. It will be in front of Judge Christina Jaramillo. Perez faces up to 16 years in DOC. 

Romero Receives 32 Year Sentence

August 15, 2017 - Johnny Romero was sentenced to 32 years after pleading in April to 2nd degree murder, Aggravated Battery and tampering with evidence for the February 2016 deadly knife attack at a Motel 6. The plea had a range of 15-32 years.
The state argued for 32 years. After arguments about mental health and emotional testimony from the victim’s family, the Court imposed the maximum sentence available under the range. Sentence will be to 44 years in DOC with 32 years of incarceration followed by 12 suspended on the condition of 5 years’ probation concurrent with parole.

Blackwell Sentenced to 15 Years

August 10, 2017 -  In the courtroom of Bernalillo County District Judge Cindy Leos, Domekio Blackwell was sentenced for the March 2016 attack of Joe Yeske. He was found guilty of Aggravated Burglary and Battery. Blackwell was sentenced to 15 years in DOC with 2.5 years suspended with probation. It was discovered during the trial Blackwell had three prior out of state convictions for similar attacks in Maryland and North Carolina.

Padilla Sentenced to 10 Years

July 14, 2017 - In the courtroom of Bernalillo County District Judge Cristina Jaramillo, Leondro Eugene Padilla plead guilty to attempted first degree murder with a firearm enhancement, felony possession of a controlled substance, possession of a firearm by a felon, and trafficking of a controlled substance with intent to distribute. Padilla was sentenced to 10 years in the department of corrections followed by 5 years of supervised probation for his role in a May 2016 shooting outside of a 7-Eleven.

Milligan Sentenced to 11 Years

July 12, 2017 -  Anthony Milligan was sentenced to 11 years in DOC for fleeing a law enforcement officer and possession of burglary tools in the court room of Bernalillo County District Judge Alisa Hadfield. The two convictions lead to a three year sentence in DOC, Judge Hadfield added eight years to Milligan’s sentence for being a habitual offender. Concurrent with the sentence the court also imposed a 1-year sentence for possession of an altered, forged, or fictitious License and a 6-month sentence for concealing identification.

Samantha Garcia Sentence

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Tuesday, June 27 , 2017
Contact: Michael P. Patrick, (505) 908-8591

June 27, 2017 -  Samantha Garcia was sentenced to 12 years followed by 5 years probation for her role in the murder of her ex-boyfriend, Eloi Leyba. Garcia solicited the murder by lying to co-defendant, Danny Trujillo saying her daughter was raped by Leyba. An investigation by Bernalillo County Sheriff's Office determined the daughter was never raped. Garcia pleaded guilty to second degree murder, criminal solicitation to commit second degree murder and conspiracy. Danny Trujillo, the shooter, received 15 years for the murder of Elon Leyba in 2014. 



Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Contact: Michael P. Patrick, (505) 908-8591

June 13, 2017 - In the courtroom of Bernalillo County District Judge Charles Brown, prosecutors asked to consolidate the three separate preventative detention motions against Yoan Santiesteban. Judge Brown agreed with the state and will hear the preventative detention motion tomorrow at 10:00 am. Santiesteban is the primary suspect in three separate killings over a 12 day period. The state will also seek preventative detention against co-defendant Gloria Garcia.