Clovis NM - Ninth Judicial District Attorney, Andrea Reeb, announced that on March 1, 2018, Rakeem Johnson, age 26, of Clovis, was sentenced by Ninth Judicial District Judge Matthew Chandler to eight years in the Department of Corrections followed by two years of parole. Mr. Johnson pled no contest to aggravated battery of a household member, a third degree felony, false imprisonment, a fourth degree felony, and battery of a household member, a fourth degree felony.
In June 2017, Clovis Police Department Officers were dispatched to the Plains Regional Medical Center for a battery report. The victim was three months pregnant, and had large bruises on her arms, face, and neck. The victim reported she had been strangled by the father of her un-born child. She had tried to get away by leaving the residence, but Mr. Johnson grabbed her by the hair and threw her on the ground and choked her.
In August 2017, the same victim contacted Clovis Police Department as she was now in her vehicle fleeing the scene from being battered again by Mr. Johnson. Clovis Police met her at the hospital and saw an obvious bump on the victim’s forehead, swelling on her upper eyelid, and cuts on her right arm.
The sentence was enhanced due to a prior felony conviction. This was Mr. Johnson’s fourth conviction of battery on a household member which enhances this battery on a household member conviction to a fourth degree felony.
The Honorable Judge Chandler presided over the plea hearing. During sentencing, the Court noted the seriousness of these repeated domestic violence charges and hoped the Defendant will work to improve himself while in prison. The Court “recommends the RDAP program. I think this will be a benefit to you. They also have job training that will help you.”
This case was prosecuted by Nicholas Rossi, Assistant District Attorney. Mr. Johnson was represented by criminal defense attorney, Jonathan Miller.
For more information, please contact the District Attorney’s Office at 575-769-2246.