In a press release distributed through the office of the Ninth Judicial District Attorney, it has been announced that on March 28, 2022, Jesse Lujan, age 35, of Portales, was convicted of Murder in the Second Degree with Aggravating Circumstances.
The release reads as follows:
The conviction resulted from an investigation that the Portales Police Department conducted on September 11, 2021, when officers responded to 1124 W Fir in reference to a stabbing. Upon arrival officers found the male victim with stab wounds to the left side of his chest. The victim was taken to the Roosevelt General Hospital where he was pronounced deceased from the multiple stab wounds. The officers spoke to several eyewitnesses on scene and were able to locate the murder weapon. Lujan was located shortly thereafter by officers and taken into custody.
The Honorable Donna Mowrer presided over the hearing and sentenced Lujan to fifteen (15) years in the Department of Corrections. Mower then added five (5) additional years of incarceration after finding aggravated circumstances due to the extremely violent nature of the defendant’s actions.
The case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney, Quentin Ray, and Lujan was represented by criminal defense attorney, Robert Work of Albuquerque.