Portales, NM – Ninth Judicial District Attorney, Andrea Reeb, announced that today Esperanza Tarango, age 24, of Portales, was sentenced to 18 years in the New Mexico Department of Corrections. On December 11, 2019, Esperanza was found guilty by a Roosevelt County jury on charges of Kidnapping, a first degree felony; Burglary, a third degree felony; and Aggravated Battery, a third degree felony.
In October of 2018, Roosevelt County Sheriff’s deputies were called to Roosevelt General Hospital where victim, Albert Pino, was being treated for injuries to his face and chest, as well as burns on his back. Pino told deputies that he was taken in a vehicle by 2 males and female to location in the country. They bound Pino’s wrists and beat him with a hatchet type instrument and burned him on his back with an unknown implement. They also shot him in the chest with a BB or pellet gun and fired a handgun into the ground beside him. Pino said they were demanding to know where a certain “bag” was. Pino was then taken back to his home, where he ran to Allsups to call 911.
Prosecutors asked the court to enforce the maximum sentence of 24 years incarceration. The Honorable Donna J. Mowrer presided over the hearing today and ran all three counts concurrent for a total sentence of 18 years. Judge Mowrer found that Kidnapping is a serious violent offense which means Esperanza will have to serve 85% of the 18 years before being considered for release on parole.
Deputy District Attorney, Quentin Ray and Assistant District Attorney, Mitchell Mender, prosecuted the case for the State. Criminal Defense Attorney, Jonathan Miller of Albuquerque, represented Tarango.
For more information, please contact the District Attorney’s Office at 575-769-2246.