Press release: Man gets seven years in broom stick attack

Clovis, NM ~ Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced today that Guadalupe Urquizo, age 30, was sentenced to serve 7 years in the Department of Corrections for one (1) count of Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon. Urquizo has now been sentenced to a total of 41-years in prison for several convictions involving numerous violent attacks on citizens that began in October of 2008 and continued in the Curry County Jail in 2009.

Urquizo was recently convicted by prosecutors of an Aggravated Assault on a Household Member for a crime that occurred on October 12, 2008. On October 29, 2008, shortly after being booked into the Curry County Jail for the first crime, Urquizo attempted to murder two jail guards by stabbing them with a self-made shank. Again, prosecutors convicted Urquizo of the attempted murder charges as well.

The latest conviction and sentence stems from an incident that occurred just a few days after the attempted murders when, on November 3, 2008 at the Curry County Jail, an inmate reported to detention officers that Urquizo violently attacked him with a broom stick. Upon investigation, authorities reviewed video surveillance that confirmed the incident had taken place as the victim reported. For this, Urquizo was convicted and sentenced to serve an additional 7 years.

District Attorney Chandler stated, “In all, Mr. Urquizo has now been sentenced to serve a total of 41-years in prison for the spree of violent attacks. We are doing our best to hold this violent felon accountable for each and every attack, and as of now he is scheduled to be locked away until he reaches the age of 70 years old.”

At the sentencing hearing today, the Court made the finding that the crimes are classified as serious violent offenses and the defendant must serve 85% of his total sentence. The Honorable Judge Teddy L. Hartley presided over the proceedings and Chief Deputy District Attorney Andrea Reeb prosecuted the case for the State of New Mexico.

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