Clovis NM – Ninth Judicial District Attorney, Andrea Reeb, announced that on December 7, 2018, a Curry County jury found Tanner Autrey, age 25, of Clovis, guilty of criminal sexual penetration, a second degree felony as well as first degree kidnapping, after two days of trial. The jury deliberated for more than two hours before rendering their verdict at 12:30 a.m. on Friday morning.
The case stems from a report made by the victim in December of 2016. The victim reported to Clovis Police that the defendant had bound her arms with duct tape and forced himself sexually on her. The Defendant was arrested and taken into custody but later bonded out and fled to Seattle, Washington where he was ultimately found and made to return to face his charges. The jury heard testimony during the two-day trial this week from the victim, law enforcement, a DNA lab analyst from the State Crime Lab, and a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner. The victim was described as having bruises from head to toe as a result of the attack.
The Honorable Drew Tatum presided over the case and ordered that Autrey be taken into immediate custody pending a sentencing hearing. Autrey faces up to twenty nine years in the New Mexico Department of Corrections and a lifetime registration as a sex offender.
The case was prosecuted for the State by Brian Scott Stover, Chief Deputy District Attorney, and Autrey was represented by Deputy Public Defender, Ibukun Adepoju and Assistant Public Defender Brittany Hudson.
For more information, please contact the District Attorney’s Office at 575-769-2246.