Tue. Jun 25th, 2024

CLOVIS MAN AMONGST PRISONERS WHO ATTACKED CORRECTION OFFICERS

LAS (CRUCES)- A Clovis man was involved with the injuries that sent two officers to the hospital at a correctional facility in southern New Mexico.

Two corrections officers were taken to the hospital Tuesday after being attacked at the Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility by five inmates identified as men with previous violent crime convictions. KFOXTV reported that New Mexico State Police said a prison nurse, escorted by a sergeant and officer, entered a pod at the Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility to deliver medicine to inmates around 7:30 p.m. During this time, an inmate got into a verbal argument with a control center officer. The nurse finished passing out medication and left the pod.

Investigators said the officer and sergeant returned to the pod to place the inmates on lockdown. It was also stated that the sergeant and officer were attacked by five inmates at that point.

New Mexico State Police identified the five inmates as Gabriel Sedillo, 47,  Robert Dyment, 35, Martin Cuevas, 35, and Irvin Ramirez, 26, and Clovis man Rico Sena, 32,.

The two officers were taken to an area hospital with severe but not life-threatening injuries. The nurse was not injured.

Sedillo and Sena were charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault on a peace officer, conspiracy to commit aggravated assault on a peace officer, possession of a deadly weapon by a prisoner, kidnapping and conspiracy to commit kidnapping.

Dyment, Ramirez and Cuevas were charged with aggravated assault on a peace officer, conspiracy to commit aggravated assault on a peace officer, possession of a deadly weapon by a prisoner, kidnapping and conspiracy to commit kidnapping.

The investigation is ongoing.

Sena is being held after being found guilty of voluntary manslaughter and pleading guilty to criminal damage to property and escaping from jail. Sena has also been previously convicted of child abuse, false imprisonment, tampering with evidence and intentional arson of property greater than $1,000, but has served his sentences for those offenses.

Sena was convicted of voluntary manslaughter for stabbing and killing a 17-year-old in 2013 in Clovis, New Mexico. 

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