CLOVIS, NM – From the Clovis Ninth Judicial District Attorney’s Office
Quentin Ray, Ninth Judicial District Attorney, announced that Fidel Sanchez, age 26, was convicted of False Imprisonment, Breaking and Entering, and Auto Burglary, all 4th-degree felonies.
Sanchez was found to be a habitual offender with two prior felony convictions for possession of a controlled substance and receiving a stolen motor vehicle. Sanchez began arguing with a woman that he had known and the argument became physical. He punched and kicked the female numerous times and then dragged her from the living room to the kitchen. When she tried to call 911, he ran out of her house and down an alley, where he hopped a fence and entered a house. The homeowner forced Sanchez out of his house. Sanchez then entered the homeowner’s car and started rummaging through it. Sanchez got out of the car and tried entering the house again. The homeowner then shot Sanchez in the legs to keep him from reentering his house.
The Honorable Benjamin Cross presided over the hearing and sentenced Fidel Sanchez to fifteen years in the Department of Corrections, followed by one year of parole. The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney, Brett Carter, and Sanchez was represented by the criminal defense attorney, Sandy Gallagher.