Las Cruces—Today, a jury comprised of six women and six men convicted Leonard Calvillo of Aggravated Burglary; Aggravated Battery (deadly weapon); Child Abuse and Criminal Damage to Property in the January 2014 home invasion case. Due to these charges of guilt, Calvillo is facing a possibility of 17 years imprisonment. The jury acquitted Calvillo of Attempted Murder and Conspiracy to Commit Murder.
Prosecuting Attorney Daniel Sewell said, “I admire the victims for courageously testifying after living through such an ordeal and I respect the members of the jury for holding Mr. Calvillo accountable for his crimes.”
Calvillo and 3 others went to the home of Joseph Torrez in the early morning hours of New Years Day 2014. Torrez, his fiancée Natasha Munoz, three friends and Torrez’ 2-yr old son were in the home at the time of the invasion.
Leonard Calvillo called Torrez on the phone and threatened to kill him and his son.
Leonard Calvillo, Sal Garces, Nathan Avalos and Raymond Garces charged into the home of Torrez where mayhem ensued. The perpetrators used a shank and knives from the home repeatedly attempting to stab Torrez while he held Sal Garces on the floor in a choke hold.
“In every case I task my attorneys with achieving justice and doing what is right. It is my belief that the facts and law regarding this case supported a conviction for attempted murder and conspiracy. However, the district attorney, as well as the community, must accept and respect the verdict of the jury. In the process of justice, our jury system is not perfect, but it’s the best process in the world. I am happy with the investigation of this matter by the sheriff’s office and the efforts of my prosecutors”, stated District Attorney, Mark D’Antonio.
The Office of the District Attorney requested no bond in light of Calvillo’s violent criminal record. Judge Fernando Macias did not set bond and Calvillo was immediately taken into custody. The District Attorney’s Office intends to seek the maximum punishment on all counts which include any enhancements under the Habitual Offender Act.
Sentencing will take place on July 13, 2015 in the Third Judicial District Court.
The trial Calvillo’s co-defendant, Nathan Avalos, is set to take place in August.