Mon. Oct 14th, 2019

CLOVIS MAN FOUND GUILTY FOR ESCAPING JAIL IN 2018

CLOVIS (KSMX)- Ninth Judicial District Attorney, Andrea Reeb, announced that Ricky Sena, age 26, of Clovis, was found guilty by a Curry County jury on 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 Officer 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, was 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 and 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 two-day trial and ordered that sentencing be held at a later date. Sena is facing a maximum of 30 years in prison, in this case, and is currently serving an 11-year term in the New Mexico Department of Corrections on another case of Aggravated Battery and Aggravated Fleeing a Law Enforcement Officer.

District Attorney, Andrea Reeb, stated, “There will be no tolerance for these types of criminal acts. Escaping from jail and putting police officers and citizens in harm’s way during a SWAT standoff is unacceptable. We are optimistic that Sena will receive a lengthy prison sentence at his disposition hearing. Three violent offenders have now been taken out of our community and I am 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.