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Nathaniel Jouett to Plead Guilty in Clovis Library Shooting

October 2, 2018

Clovis NM – Ninth Judicial District Attorney, Andrea Reeb, announced that Nathaniel Ray Jouett, age 17, of Clovis, NM. Jouett signed a plea and disposition agreement with the State, pleading guilty to all charges stemming from the mass shooting that occurred on August 28, 2017, at the Clovis Carver Public Library.  The defendant will plead guilty to all 30 counts in the indictment which includes two first degree murder charges.


The deceased victims of the mass shooting were two librarians, Wanda Walters, and Kristina Carter.  Numerous other employees and patrons of the library were shot or threatened by Nathaniel Ray Jouett during the shooting spree.  Over 100 witnesses were scheduled to testify at a trial scheduled in Roswell during the spring of 2019.


The Honorable James M. Hudson, of Roswell, NM, will have full discretion as to the sentence, which could range from probation up to two life sentences plus 96 years. 


District Attorney, Andrea Reeb, stated, “I am happy this defendant made the right decision to plead guilty to each and every count in the indictment.  We now look forward to moving into the sentencing aspect of this case and hopefully bringing some closure to the victims, their families, and the Clovis community.”


A hearing will be scheduled for the plea agreement to be formally accepted by the Court. At this time, no date has been given by the Court for the hearing.




For more information, please contact the District Attorney’s Office at 575-769-2246.



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