Mon. Nov 11th, 2019

CLOVIS MAN SENTENCED TO 30 YEARS

Ricky Sena, age 26, of Clovis, was sentenced to the maximum of 30 years in the New Mexico Department of Corrections.

Sena was found guilty by a Curry County jury on October 8, 2019, for the felony crimes of Escape from Jail, Conspiracy to Escape from Jail, Escape from the Custody of a Peace Officer, Aggravated Assault on a Peace Office with a Deadly Weapon, and Felon in Possession of a Firearm.

The jury found that he was not guilty on a charge of Tampering with Evidence.

The charges stem from the June 15, 2018, escape from the Curry County Detention Center, in which Sena along with Victor Apodaca and Aaron Clark, were able to walk out of an unlocked door at the detention center with the assistance of Detention Officer Sarina Dodson.

Sarina Dodson, pleaded guilty to Assisting Escape from Jail and is serving a nine year sentence in the Department of Corrections.

All three escaped inmates were located four days later hiding in a Clovis residence which resulted in a SWAT standoff.

Apodaca, Clark, and Sena were taken into custody. Apodaca previously pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 16 years in the Department of Corrections. Clark also pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 11 years in the Department of Corrections.

The Honorable Drew Tatum presided over the sentencing hearing. Judge Tatum stated that Sena’s potential for rehabilitation is low because of his extensive criminal history and escalating behavior and that our community has to be protected.

The 30 year sentence was enhanced due to Sena being a habitual offender. The sentence will run consecutively to the 11 years that Sena is already serving in the New Mexico Department of Corrections for Aggravated Battery and Aggravated Fleeing a Law Enforcement Officer.

District Attorney, Andrea Reeb, stated, “There will be no tolerance for this type of criminal activity in our community. I am relieved that three violent offenders have now been taken off of our streets and proud of the prosecution team in my office that helped assure the citizens in the 9th Judicial District will not be harmed by Ricky Sena and his co-conspirators again.”

Brian Scott Stover, Chief Deputy District Attorney, and Nicholas Rossi, Assistant District Attorney prosecuted the case for the State. Sena was represented by criminal defense attorney, Jonathan Miller, of Albuquerque.