April 16 - Bernalillo County Deputy District Attorney, Penny Gilbert has been honored by the New Mexico District Attorneys’ Association as “Prosecutor of the Year". This is the most prestigious annual award given by the NMDAA for exemplary performance by a prosecutor.
Gilbert prosecuted three murder trials last year and achieved convictions in all three. One of these trials was against Esias Madrid, who killed Jayden Chavez-Silver while Silver was attending a party with friends. Another of Gilbert’s trials was against Tyler Hernandez, who murdered a homeowner in his driveway while attempting to burglarize the homeowner's car. Gilbert’s third trial involved the execution of Cory Coyner over a stolen firearm.
She convicted these defendants under all three theories possible in New Mexico: Deliberate intention, depraved mind, and felony murder. Gilbert obtained these convictions while also running the grand jury division. She will be honored at the upcoming Administrative Office of the District Attorney (AODA) spring conference in Ruidoso. Gilbert is currently the Deputy District Attorney for Special Proceedings at the Bernalillo County District Attorney’s Office.