October 26 - A jury returns with a guilty verdict against one of Albuquerque Police Department's top offenders. Anthony Serna was found guilty of receiving or transferring a stolen motor vehicle and resisting arrest. Serna will be sentenced in December. This closes one of this five cases with the District Attorney.
October 11, 2017 - Dakota Cook pleaded guilty before 2nd Judicial District Judge Cindy Leos to second-degree murder and armed robbery and was sentenced to 15 years in prison for the June 2016 murder of Larry Sanchez. His co-defendant, Antoinette Martinez pleaded guilty to charges including meth trafficking and conspiracy. She agreed to testify against Cook and was sentenced to five years of probation.
October 3, 2017 - Jurors found Esias Madrid guilty of first-degree murder for June 2015 drive-by shooting of 17-year-old Jaydon Chavez-Silver. Madrid is the last of three defendants convicted in the shooting. The other two who were with Madrid, Nicholas Gonzales and Dominic Conyers pleaded guilty to lesser charges. Sentencing is set for mid-November. He is already serving a 16-year sentence in connection to another fatal shooting.
William York was sentenced to life plus 18 years after being convicted at trial of first-degree murder, conspiracy and tampering with evidence. Prosecutors said that York and Steve Swayne together planned to kill 32-year-old Cory Coyner, but that York was the one who pulled the trigger. Swayne pleaded to second-degree murder and conspiracy, and is serving a 12-year sentence. A third person who was charged in the case, Michele Freer, pleaded guilty in February to two counts of tampering with evidence in an agreement that required her to testify for the state. She was sentenced to five years of probation.
September 29, 2017 - Patrick Zamora and Joseph Sanchez both pled guilty to second degree murder, with a firearm enhancement, and conspiracy to commit shooting at or from a motor vehicle with great bodily harm for their role in the May 2016 drive by shooting death of Aliyah Garcia. The counts will run concurrent. The third shooter, Carlos Alires, plead guilty to second degree murder earlier this month. Carlos is a juvenile and will have a hearing to determine if he will be sentenced as an adult. Zamora and Sanchez are both adults and face up to 16 years in DOC. Zamora's sentencing will be put off until after his federal case is resolved. Sanchez is set for sentencing on November 8, 2017.
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.
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.
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.
The Bernalillo County Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (BCCJCC) will address the attached action items at their upcoming meeting on August 17, 2017.
The agenda for this meeting can be found here.
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.