Clovis NM – Ninth Judicial District Attorney, Andrea Reeb, announced that on March 30, 2018, the Honorable Fred Van Soelen, District Court Judge, adjudicated the individual who broke into Lockwood Elementary School in 2013. He was sentenced to 15 days in jail.
On September 10, 2013, officers from the Clovis Police Department responded to Lockwood Elementary in Clovis, NM. Officers determined that the school, which was newly opened at the time, had been broken into. Extensive damage was done to the facility, with broken windows and desks in multiple classrooms. Additionally, a number of laptops, iPads, an iPhone, and a digital camera were taken by the perpetrators. Officers recovered DNA evidence and placed it in the state system, CODIS, in an attempt to locate the offender.
This year, a matching DNA sample was entered into CODIS, identifying the perpetrator. The person identified was a juvenile at the time of the crime but has since become an adult. The perpetrator obtained an adult felony conviction in 2017, leading to his identification through the CODIS system. The prosecutor indicated that the plea was meant to be punitive due to the perpetrator’s subsequent adult conviction, unlike most juvenile pleas which emphasis rehabilitation of offenders. “The community deserves closure for this incident,” said Ms. Gaddis. The Judge noted that if the perpetrator had not committed an adult offense, he would not have been caught. A restitution hearing will be scheduled in the matter to determine the amount owed for the damage to the school.
The case was prosecuted by Arwen Gaddis, Assistant District Attorney. Jeremiah Hall. Assistant Public Defender, represented the offender.
For more information, please contact the District Attorney’s Office at 575-769-2246.