Tucumcari man receives maximum sentences for felonies

Freedom New Mexico

Justice Albert J. Mitchell of the 10th Judicial District Court ruled Tuesday that a Tucumcari man would serve the maximum allowed sentences for a string of felonies.

Earl Moses Ingram was sentenced to a total of 31 years, six months in jail to be served consecutively. He was also sentenced to serve two years of parole and given a four-year suspended sentence.

A jury found Ingram guilty of five felonies including attempted murder and kidnapping Sept. 15.

Ingram was charged with two first-degree felonies, kidnapping and criminal damage to property in excess of $1,000. He was charged with attempted murder, a second-degree felony. He was also charged with two fourth-degree felonies, aggravated fleeing of a law enforcement officer and unlawful taking of a motor vehicle.

While facing other charges, Ingram was released from the Quay County Detention Center for a two-week furlough last year and placed on house arrest so he could visit his family. But police said three days after his July 21 release, he beat Simpson and used her car to evade police.

He was arrested nearly three weeks later — Aug. 10 — in a Clovis eatery.

Ingram received the maximum sentence for all five charges — a mandatory 18-year sentence for the kidnapping, nine years in jail for the attempted murder charge and 18-month sentences for each of the fourth-degree felonies.