2019 Impact Prosecution Report

Link to report: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1s3xgrnoDVVMn3K2IRvnkQS8_aRacIQUi

Two years ago, we embarked on a transformation of the criminal justice system, reinvigorating the

role of the District Attorney’s Office in public safety and the community. We recognized that public

safety is essential for the wellbeing of our families and critical for economic vitality. Together, we

restructured the District Attorney’s Office, focused on serving the victims of crime, improved

processes, and began using data analysis to swiftly interrupt criminal activity. We built New

Mexico’s first Crime Strategies Unit, hired special law enforcement agents, and began building

state-of-the-art analytical tools.

Man sentenced for community center shooting

Damian Hidalgo was sentenced to 8 years in the Department of Corrections for the 2016 murder of Jerry Trejo.  Hidalgo received the six years that come with voluntary manslaughter, plus one for the use of a firearm and another for tampering with evidence. Hidalgo pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in February and, under his agreement, he faced between five and 10 years.








White Sentenced to life for murder of wife's ex-husband

Terry White was sentenced to life plus 12 years in prison for murder after a jury in June found White guilty of  first-degree murder, aggravated burglary and tampering with evidence in the death of his wife’s ex-husband, Don Fluitt. Fluitt, who has a daughter with Christine White, was found stabbed to death in the garage of his Northwest Albuquerque home in December 2016. Prosecutors said the family had been involved in a custody dispute and Terry White was charged in the case after his DNA was found under Fluitt’s fingernails. The case against Christine White was dismissed pending further investigation.

Barrs Sentenced for role in shootout with CNN journalists

An Albuquerque man was sentenced Tuesday to 13 years in prison for his role in a 2015 robbery-turned-shootout involving two former CNN journalists. Skyy Barrs served as a driver and lookout during the ordeal, pleaded guilty in May to conspiracy to commit armed robbery and trafficking heroin. Barrs and Tomorio Walton were at a West Side Albuquerque Motel 6 that June 2015 night with a plan to rob someone. Also at the motel were Lynne Russell, a former CNN anchorwoman, and her husband, Chuck de Caro, who had stopped over during a cross-country road trip. Russell stepped out of the room to retrieve something from the car and when she returned, Walton forced her into her room at gunpoint. Walton fired and De Caro shot back, killing Walton. Under the plea agreement, Barrs faced between four and 13 years, and state District Judge Benjamin Chavez imposed the maximum sentence.

Albuquerque man faces up to 10 years for girlfriends death

An Albuquerque man pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter after running over and killing his 19-year-old girlfriend.  In November 2017, witnesses saw Dominic Garcia (pictured) and Samantha Sandoval in an argument near Pennsylvania and Haines in northeast Albuquerque which ended with Garcia running over Sandoval. Garcia then with the help of a friend, took Sandoval to a local hospital where she died from her injuries. After several meetings with the Sandoval family they agreed with prosecutors to set a plea for Garcia which includes no sentencing agreements with a four year habitual criminal enhancement for up to 10 years in DOC. A sentencing date is set for September 28, 2018 at 1:30 pm.

Debate Coach Pleads To Sex With Student

Luis Chavez pleaded guilty to six counts of Criminal Sexual Penetration in the Fourth Degree and one count of Criminal Sexual Contact of a Minor in the Fourth Degree. At sentencing, he faces up to five years incarceration. He will be required to register as a sex offender for ten years and must give up his teaching license. 
The Defendant was a educational assistant at Rio Grande High School and also the school’s speech and debate coach. He engaged in a sexual relationship with a student throughout much of 2016. The student eventually left the school in order to end the relationship. 
The case was investigated by the Bernalillo County District Attorney's Special Victims Unit, who received a confession from the Defendant. 
The Defendant was also prosecuted in a different matter involving another former student. That case went to trial earlier this year and resulted in a hung jury on one charge. That case was dismissed as part of this plea.

Adrian Maestas Senteced for role in 2015 homicide

Adrian Maestas was sentenced to 13 years in prison after pleading guilty to robbery and second-degree murder in an October 2015 homicide. Maestas was convicted in the death of Dometrique Shepherd, whose body was discovered in an irrigation ditch near Belen. Co-Defendant, Ronald Perez pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit second-degree murder and was sentenced to three years in prison. 

Aragon Sentenced to 12 years for Probation Violation

Daniel Aragon was sentenced to 12 years in prison and will serve a minimum of 85% of his sentence for violating his probation. 
In 2016 Aragon plead no contest to second-degree murder and abandonment of a child resulting in death following the 2012 brutal beating of 22-month-old Emma Rose who died following the attack. 
Aragon faced two trials where each time the juries deadlocked. As part of Aragon’s plea, he was sentenced to five years in DOC followed by five years probation. Aragon faced up to an additional 25 years in DOC if he violated probation upon release. Aragon violated his probation less than two months after being released.