Published: 3:12 pm, Thu. Aug. 10th, 2017Updated: 3:11 pm
A Clovis man has been sentenced to more than 70 years in prison for crimes stemming from a May 26 incident.
Ninth Judicial District Attorney Andrea Reeb announced today that Roy Cavazos, 30, of Clovis, was sentenced before the Honorable Matthew Chandler.
On May 26, a jury found Cavazos guilty of kidnapping (first-degree felony); four counts of criminal sexual penetration (second-degree felonies); assault with intent to commit a violent felony (third-degree felony); and trafficking a controlled substance (second-degree felony).
The charges stem from an incident in July 2016 when the 29-year-old female victim was approached by a male subject, identified as Cavazos, outside her Clovis apartment asking for help to find his wallet. When the victim turned her back to go inside her apartment, Cavazos pushed his way into her home. She resisted him, spraying him with pepper spray, but he overcame her. The victim’s infant child was in the home, so she minimized her resistance, fearing for her safety and the safety of her child.
The female victim was held against her will from approximately 11:30 p.m. July 26, 2016, until around 5:30 p.m. July 27, 2016. During this nearly 18-hour ordeal, she had been sexually assaulted, forced to use a controlled substance, and was not freed until her mother arrived to check on her. Only then did her assailant allow her to leave with her child after ordering her not to tell anyone.
“Your adult life has been scattered with violence,” Chandler told Cavazos. “I see a man with no remorse, I see a man with no concern for anyone except himself. What happened on that night was pure evil. I am thankful the victim was able to escape.”
Chandler sentenced Cavazos to the maximum 73 years in the New Mexico Department of Corrections, which includes an enhancement for a prior felony conviction of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. The court also found the crimes to be serious violent offenses, meaning Cavazos will have to serve 85 percent of the sentence before being considered for parole. Cavazos was also ordered to register as a lifetime sex offender.
Reeb and Assistant District Attorney Nicholas Rossi prosecuted the case for the State of New Mexico. Criminal defense attorney Eric Dixon of Portales represented Cavazos.