Clovis NM – Ninth Judicial District Attorney, Andrea Reeb, announced that Skylar Romero, age 21, of Clovis, was found guilty yesterday by a Curry County jury of Possession of Burglary Tools, fourth degree felony and Resisting, Evading or Obstructing an Officer, misdemeanor.
On May 21, 2017, Clovis Police Officers were engaged in a foot pursuit after Romero was spotted in an alley at 4:00 a.m. Romero later admitted to throwing tools as he was running. Officers were able to locate a wrench, screwdriver, and pliers near a dumpster.
Romero also has charges pending regarding a Clovis burglary from July 19, 2017. When the family came home from church, two men were discovered inside their home. The home owner shot Romero’s co-conspirator and Romero was on the run from law enforcement for several days before being apprehended.
The Honorable Drew D. Tatum presided over the one-day trial and sentenced Romero to two years and six months in the New Mexico Department of Corrections. Tatum said he looks at several things during sentencing to include consequences for the crimes; deterrence; and protecting the community, stating, "People are fearful for their belongings and even their safety. There has to be a message sent that this will not be accepted. “
Assistant District Attorney, Kristen Beltran prosecuted the case for the State and Assistant Public Defender, Leah Hutchins, represented Romero.
For more information, please contact the District Attorney’s Office at 575-769-2246.