PORTALES (KSMX) — A Portales woman was sentenced to 18 years in prison on Monday following a conviction for kidnapping, burglary and battery charges.
According to 9th Judicial District Attorney Andrea Reeb, Esperanza Tarango, 24, was found guilty by a Roosevelt County jury of kidnapping, a first-degree felony, burglary and aggravated battery, both third-degree felonies, on Dec. 11, 2019.
Tarango was arrested after Roosevelt County deputies were called to Roosevelt General Hospital in October 2018 for a man, identified as Albert Pino, who was being treated for injuries to his face and chest, as well as burns on his back.
Pino told deputies two men and a woman took him to a location in the country. Pino’s wrists were bound and he was beaten with a hatchet-type instrument and burned on his back with an unknown implement.
He was also shot in the chest with a BB or pellet gun and a handgun was fired into the ground beside him.
Pino said the group was demanding the location of a certain “bag.”
He was then taken back home where he ran to Allsups and called 911.
Prosecutors asked the court to enforce the maximum sentence of 24 years, however, all three charges were running concurrent for a total sentence of 18 years.
The judge determined that since kidnapping is a serious violent crime, Tarango will serve 85% of her sentence before being eligible for parole.