Bank Robber Sentenced to 11 Years In Prison
Ninth Judicial District Attorney, Andrea Reeb, announced that Matthew Gonzales, age 26, of Clovis, NM, pleaded guilty today to Armed Robbery and was sentenced to 11 years in the New Mexico Department of Corrections.
On October 14, 2014, Gonzales, armed with a handgun, stormed into the US Bank at 2501 N. Prince, demanding money. After stealing over $2,000 in cash, Gonzales fled the bank running southbound. Gonzales’s jacket, backpack and sunglasses were located in a dumpster in the vicinity. The next day, a police officer spotted Gonzales walking on a street and took him to the Clovis Police Department for questioning where he was later arrested.
The Honorable Drew D. Tatum presided over the hearing today and sentenced Gonzales to 9 years for the armed robbery. Judge Tatum found that Gonzales was a habitual offender and used a firearm in the commission of the crime, which added two years to the sentence for a total of 11 years.
Assistant District Attorney Laura Talbert prosecuted the case for the State. “This robbery was a very traumatic experience for the bank employees, as one can only imagine the fear in the victims’ minds when an armed man rushed in the bank”, said District Attorney Andrea Reeb.
For more information, please contact the District Attorney’s Office at 575-769-2246.