Mendoza Sentenced to 18 Years in Prison

Clovis, NM – Ninth Judicial District Attorney, Andrea Reeb, announced that on August 18, 2020, Geno Mendoza, age 33, of Clovis, was sentenced by the Honorable Matthew Chandler to eighteen (18) years in the Department of Corrections. 

Geno Mendoza was arrested on November 18, 2018 on the charges of kidnapping, aggravated burglary, armed robbery, conspiracy to commit aggravated burglary, and Bribery of a witness. 

The defendant broke into the home of Richard Thomas, along with several other individuals, with the intent to rob the victim of his possessions.  The victim was tied up and threatened at gunpoint, while being robbed of cash and other valuables.  Mr. Thomas was able to positively ID Geno Mendoza as one of the assailants that burglarized his home.

On the morning of August 18, 2020, before a jury trial was set to begin, Geno Mendoza changed his plea to guilty on aggravated burglary and armed robbery.   After hearing arguments from all parties, Judge Chandler announced his sentence, considering the defendant’s criminal history, along with the violent nature associated with the current charges.  The defendant was sentenced to nine (9) years in the Department of Corrections on each count, to run consecutive, for a total of 18 years in the Department of Corrections. 

Deputy District Attorney, Jake Boazman prosecuted the case for the State. The defendant was represented by criminal defense attorney, Ralph Dowden, of Clovis.

For more information, please contact the Office of the District Attorney, at 575-769-2246.