Clovis NM – Ninth Judicial District Attorney, Andrea Reeb, announced that Joshua Daniel Romero, age 30 of Clovis; was sentenced today before the Honorable Fred Van Soelen. On April 27, 2018, Romero was found guilty by a Curry County jury of Kidnapping, a first degree felony; two counts of Aggravated Battery on a Household Member, causing great bodily harm, third degree felonies; Interference with Communications, misdemeanor; Battery, misdemeanor, Resisting Arrest, misdemeanor; and Intimidation of a Witness, a third degree felony.
The charges stem from July 26, 2016, Clovis Police responded to a call of a female that had been beaten and strangled by her estranged boyfriend, Joshua Romero. Romero had battered her for over an hour and choked her to unconsciousness several times using his hands and a computer cord. The victim was finally able to escape and call for help after Romero fell asleep.
Judge Van Soelen heard emotional statements from the victim and her family, as well as the defendant’s family. Judge Van Soelen found that Romero is a habitual offender having numerous felony convictions, including one for domestic violence against another victim. Judge Van Soelen found no reason to mitigate the sentence stating, “It’s nobody else’s fault that you are being taken away and that you are causing your family members’ suffering. These are violent, violent acts. You are a continued threat to the community.” Judge Van Soelen sentenced Romero to the maximum sentence of 46 years in the Department of Corrections. Romero will have to serve over 35 years before being eligible for parole.
District Attorney, Andrea Reeb prosecuted the case for the State of New Mexico.
Criminal Defense Attorneys Jennifer Birmingham, and Jeremiah Hall of the Public Defender’s Office represented Romero.
For more information, please contact the District Attorney’s Office at 575-769-2246.