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Bernalillo County District Attorney's Office

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Victims Services

Our services provide victims with the resources and support to navigate through the criminal justice system.

Justice Reform

Our Office continues to fight for transparency, accountability and
transformations within our criminal justice system.

Initiatives

Using data-driven strategies, our team implements cutting-edge
approaches to fight crime and keep our community safe.

Community Action

Our community based programs are designed to meet the specific needs
of Bernalillo County, promoting a stronger and safer society.

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Warren Rivera Found Guilty of Criminal Sexual Penetration and Attempted Criminal Sexual Penetration

Warren Rivera Found Guilty of Criminal Sexual Penetration and Attempted Criminal Sexual Penetration Albuquerque, NM – Today a jury found Warren Rivera guilty of criminal sexual penetration, and attempted criminal sexual penetration. Rivera and the…

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Fernando Ramirez Found Guilty of Criminal Sexual Penetration of a Minor and Criminal Sexual Contact of a Minor for the Rape of his Family Member

Fernando Ramirez Found Guilty of Criminal Sexual Penetration of a Minor and Criminal Sexual Contact of a Minor for the Rape of his Family Member Albuquerque, NM – Today a jury found Fernando Ramirez guilty…

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Join us between 10 am and 1 pm at La Mesa Presbyterian Church on December 10th for the second Gun Buyback event in #abq! This is a safe surrender event facilitated by New Mexicans to Prevent Gun Violence. No information is retained on the participant turning in the firearms. Our gun buyback event is one of many happening on December 10th as we come together to recognize the Sandy Hook anniversary while making a change to prevent gun violence. ... See MoreSee Less

Join us between 10 am and 1 pm at La Mesa Presbyterian Church on December 10th for the second Gun Buyback event in #abq! This is a safe surrender event facilitated by New Mexicans to Prevent Gun Violence. No information is retained on the participant turning in the firearms. Our gun buyback event is one of many happening on December 10th as we come together to recognize the Sandy Hook anniversary while making a change to prevent gun violence.

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LMFAO, y’all release countless reoffending criminals every year and now want to act like you care about stopping gun violence? 🤣😂🤣 y’all are nothing but a joke.

We wish everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving. Our office will reopen on Monday, November 28th. ... See MoreSee Less

We wish everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving. Our office will reopen on Monday, November 28th.

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Happy Thanksgiving 🦃

In June we partnered with New Mexicans to Prevent Gun Violence for the first Gun Buyback event that was hosted in #abq. From that event there were hundreds of firearms collected and forged into garden tools that were then given to community gardens in the International District.

We are proud to announce that we will again be partnering with NMPGV for the second Gun Buyback event on Dec. 10th. There is no better time to be a part of the community solution to reduce unwanted firearms being stolen and used in the commission of a felony. Check back here for more information as we approach the event date.
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In June we partnered with New Mexicans to Prevent Gun Violence for the first Gun Buyback event that was hosted in #abq. From that event there were hundreds of firearms collected and forged into garden tools that were then given to community gardens in the International District. 

We are proud to announce that we will again be partnering with NMPGV for the second Gun Buyback event on Dec. 10th. There is no better time to be a part of the community solution to reduce unwanted firearms being stolen and used in the commission of a felony. Check back here for more information as we approach the event date.

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LMFAO, y'all release countless reoffending criminals every year and now want to act like you care about stopping gun violence? 🤣😂🤣y'all are nothing but a joke.

Quit letting the criminals run free and then you wouldn't have to worry about gun violence can't even do your job

Our Special Victims Unit has earned another guilty conviction today. Warren Rivera was convicted of criminal sexual penetration and attempted criminal sexual penetration by a jury of his peers. Rivera is also awaiting another jury trial to take place this Spring. #convicted ... See MoreSee Less

Our Special Victims Unit has earned another guilty conviction today. Warren Rivera was convicted of criminal sexual penetration and attempted criminal sexual penetration by a jury of his peers. Rivera is also awaiting another jury trial to take place this Spring. #Convicted

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I’m so thankful for Bernalillo County District Attorney representing me in this case my team was amazing!

The fact that judge Weaks let him out of custody after he was convicted of a violent felony, says that she doesn’t care about women. This is untenable. Is there anything to be done about that?

I am happy he was convicted ,Your team was great, but the Judge wasn’t she should have kept him in custody. instead she let him leave so he can find another Victim.

Sooooo we just gonna gloss over that he's not in jail?

Great work on obtaining this conviction but why was he released... he has a history of violence and is a danger to society...he needs to be locked up NOW before he adds more rape cases to his long list! LOCK HIM UP!

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Today a jury found Fernando Ramirez guilty of one count of criminal sexual penetration of a minor, and one count of criminal sexual contact of a minor. Ramirez is guilty of raping his nine year old family member while he was staying overnight with her and her father in November of 2018.

Ramirez is facing a mandatory minimum of 18 years in prison, with the possibility of up to 33 years in prison.

#convicted #justice
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Today a jury found Fernando Ramirez guilty of one count of criminal sexual penetration of a minor, and one count of criminal sexual contact of a minor. Ramirez is guilty of raping his nine year old family member while he was staying overnight with her and her father in November of 2018. 

Ramirez is facing a mandatory minimum of 18 years in prison, with the possibility of up to 33 years in prison.

#Convicted #Justice

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great job prosecution team!!

Thank You

We have many Veterans that work in our office including Senior Investigator Rudy Checkley! Rudy and other Veterans have given up their lives for our country and continue to serve our community through our work here at the #BernCoDA’s office. Thank you to all who have served! #VeteransDay ... See MoreSee Less

This afternoon, a jury found Craig Smith guilty of first degree murder, felony murder, conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, kidnapping, aggravated burglary and tampering with evidence. Smith is facing life in prison.

“It is clear that our community and the nation are struggling from severe drug addictions that lead individuals down a path of brutality and violence,” said #BernCoDA Raúl Torrez. “Mr. Smith had time to coerce and trick his family member into believing that he cared for her when really he wanted to take her for all she had, which included her life. Mrs. Ortega did not deserve to die this way after a life of raising four children and being a good steward in the community. The only somewhat happy ending is that Mr. Smith will spend a very long time in prison.”

Thank you to all #DA staff members who helped work on this case and bring Josie Ortega justice!

#Convicted #Justice
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This afternoon, a jury found Craig Smith guilty of first degree murder, felony murder, conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, kidnapping, aggravated burglary and tampering with evidence. Smith is facing life in prison. 

“It is clear that our community and the nation are struggling from severe drug addictions that lead individuals down a path of brutality and violence,” said #BernCoDA Raúl Torrez. “Mr. Smith had time to coerce and trick his family member into believing that he cared for her when really he wanted to take her for all she had, which included her life. Mrs. Ortega did not deserve to die this way after a life of raising four children and being a good steward in the community. The only somewhat happy ending is that Mr. Smith will spend a very long time in prison.”

Thank you to all #DA staff members who helped work on this case and bring Josie Ortega justice!

#Convicted #Justice

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Great work by all!

Today a jury found Steven Candelaria guilty of second degree murder, aggravated battery against a household member, aggravated assault against a household member, and abuse of a child. Candelaria could face over 25 years in prison; sentencing will take place in 2023.

“Luciano Montoya Jr. did not deserve to die, and Raquel Martinez-Chavez and her child did not need to undergo this trauma due to a jealous and vindictive partner, Steven Candelaria,” said #BernCoDA Raúl Torrez. “Mr. Candelaria’s defense was that he was shot at first, which is completely false and does not add up to the evidence in the surveillance video, ballistic analysis and testimony given during this trial. I feel for the children Luciano Montoya Jr. left behind due to this senseless act and hope his family finds some comfort from today’s justice.”

#Justice #Convicted
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Today a jury found Steven Candelaria guilty of second degree murder, aggravated battery against a household member, aggravated assault against a household member, and abuse of a child. Candelaria could face over 25 years in prison; sentencing will take place in 2023. 

“Luciano Montoya Jr. did not deserve to die, and Raquel Martinez-Chavez and her child did not need to undergo this trauma due to a jealous and vindictive partner, Steven Candelaria,” said #BernCoDA Raúl Torrez. “Mr. Candelaria’s defense was that he was shot at first, which is completely false and does not add up to the evidence in the surveillance video, ballistic analysis and testimony given during this trial. I feel for the children Luciano Montoya Jr. left behind due to this senseless act and hope his family finds some comfort from today’s justice.”

#Justice #Convicted
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