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Attorney General Raúl Torrez Announces Trial Conviction of Crystal Lucero For Multiple Felonies Related to Stealing Over $640,000 from New Mexico’s Oldest Synagogue

Albuquerque, NM – This afternoon a jury unanimously found Crystal Lucero guilty of forgery, larceny, embezzlement, two counts of fraudulent use of a credit card, and three counts of attempts to evade or defeat tax. Lucero is facing up to 48 years in prison for her crimes against the State of New Mexico and the Congregation Albert Synagogue located in Albuquerque.  

AG BALDERAS ANNOUNCES CONVICTION OF FORMER RIO ARRIBA COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPUTY WHO DEPLOYED TASER ON ESPANOLA SPECIAL-NEEDS STUDENT

TIERRA AMARILLA— Today, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that former Rio Arriba County Sheriff’s Deputy Jeremy Barnes pled guilty to one felony count of false imprisonment. As part of the plea agreement, Barnes must relinquish any law-enforcement certification and is not eligible to seek, obtain, or have employment in any law-enforcement position for the rest of his life. Sentencing has been set for January 5, 2022 where Barnes faces up to 18 months in prison.

AG BALDERAS AND FIFTH JUDICIAL DA LUCE ANNOUNCE FIRST-DEGREE MURDER CONVICTION AND SENTENCING OF CASTULO MICHAEL ARAGON

ALBUQUERQUE— Today, New Mexco Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that Castulo Michael Aragon was convicted by a jury for the first-degree murder of his wife, Maria Elena Aragon, as well as three counts of tampering with evidence in connection with her murder. Judge Jared Kallunki sentenced Aragon to life in prison plus nine years. Aragon will serve nine years in prison for the tampering charges, and then he must serve a minimum of 30 years before he is eligible for parole. In sentencing Aragon to the maximum sentence allowed by law, Judge Kallunki described the crime as a “painful, dehumanizing, and brutal” murder of an “angel”.

AG Balderas and Twelfth DA Key Announce Conviction of Ruidoso Man Who Killed Two-Year-Old Toddler

ALAMOGORDO— Today, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas and Twelfth Judicial District Attorney Scot Key announced that Ricardo Soto was convicted of Intentional Child Abuse Resulting in Death of a two-year-old toddler, Jeremiah Nevarez, following a three-week-long trial. Soto faces a mandatory life sentence as a result of this conviction. The jury heard evidence that after inflicting the injuries which would eventually kill baby Jeremiah, the Defendant fled to Mexico before his arrest at the border. This case was prosecuted by the Twelfth Judicial District Attorney’s Office in partnership with the Office of the NM Attorney General.

AG Balderas Announces Felony Conviction of Albuquerque Man Who Shot Neighbor’s Dog with a Pellet Gun

ALBUQUERQUE — Today, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas announced the felony conviction of David Wiegand. In June 2020, Wiegand was captured on his neighbors’ backyard surveillance camera firing a pellet gun at Rocket, his neighbors’ four-year-old black, white, and brown male doberman pinscher and heeler mix. Rocket’s cries caused the neighbors to take him to the veterinarian, where doctors discovered other pellets lodged in Rocket’s skin. After enduring the incident, Rocket was nervous around new people, particularly those who resembled Wiegand.

AG Balderas Announces Yet Another Conviction Against Serial Organized Retail Criminal

ALBUQUERQUE — Today, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas announced the conviction of Marcos Concepcion on four different felony counts of shoplifting crimes committed in Albuquerque. As a result of today’s guilty pleas, Concepcion faces up to three years in prison. Sentencing will be set after a sentencing evaluation is completed.

AG Balderas Secures Murder Conviction Against Man Who Shot His Wife to Death

ALBUQUERQUE — Today, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that Jesus Torres pled guilty to one count of second degree murder. The plea agreement was accepted by District Court Judge Emilio Chavez. Sentencing will be held at a later date, and Torres faces a sentence of up to 15 years in prison.

AG Balderas Secures Conviction of Sex Offender Who Videotaped His Sexual Abuse of a Child

ALBUQUERQUE — Today, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that Joshua Vigil pled guilty to five felony counts involving his sexual abuse and exploitation of children. Under the plea agreement accepted by the district court this afternoon, Vigil pled guilty to Criminal Sexual Penetration (1st Degree) (Child Under 13); Criminal Sexual Contact of a Minor in the Second Degree (Child Under 13); Sexual Exploitation of Children (Manufacturing); Possession of a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine); and Possession Of Visual Medium of Sexual Exploitation of Children (Child Under 13). Vigil’s sentencing will be held at a later date, and he faces a minimum sentence of 21 years and a maximum sentence of 33 years in prison.

AG Balderas Secures Conviction in Multi-Jurisdictional Organized Retail Crime Spree

ALBUQUERQUE — Today, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas announced the conviction of Davina Quintana on eleven different counts of shoplifting, crimes Quintana committed in both Albuquerque and Rio Rancho. As a result of today’s guilty pleas, Quintana faces up to 12 years in prison. Sentencing will be set after Quintana completes a sentencing evaluation.