Tue. May 21st, 2024


CLOVIS (KSMX) – “The horror, the horror.” Those were the words of Judge James Hudson during the sentencing of now 18-year-old Nathanial Jouett. Nearly a year and a half after the tragic incident on August 28th, 2017, Jouett was sentenced to serve two life sentences concurrently, with the possibility of parole; plus 40 years in the New Mexico Department of Corrections. The sentencing, which would make him eligible for parole, is what Judge Hudson believes will hold Jouett accountable for his actions, as well as give him the opportunity for release. The sentencing was handed down after an emotional week, where the court heard from victims, as well as Jouett himself. Jouett pleaded guilty last year to 30 counts, including two first degree murder for the shooting deaths of Wanda Walters and Krissie Carter. Initially, the state was seeking two life sentences plus 96 years; however, the judge noted that was too harsh a penalty for the then teen. Judge Hudson noted that the case was a unique one, and must be sentenced uniquely.

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