Richard J. Sena, 35, of Artesia, N.M., was found guilty by a Curry County jury in the November 2012 sexual assault and robbery of an elderly Clovis woman. The jury returned verdicts last night after about six hours of deliberation, finding Sena guilty of Criminal Sexual Penetration, Kidnapping, Criminal Sexual Contact, Armed Robbery, and Aggravated Burglary.
Sena broke into the victimâ??s home in Clovis about 3:30 a.m. in November 2012, and sexually assaulted her threatening her with a knife, then stole her firearm, wallet and phone, fleeing on foot. Clovis Police Department officers were able to track the shoe prints of Sena to a home about five blocks away where he was found hiding the back yard. Sena had been recently released from prison and was on parole.
The Honorable Stephen K. Quinn presided over the trial which began Monday, May 5, 2014. Judge Quinn will sentence Sena at a later date, in which he faces up to 60 years in prison.
The case was prosecuted by District Attorney Andrea Reeb and Assistant District Attorney, Laura Talbert. The defendant was represented by criminal defense attorney, Kevin Hanratty.
For more information, please call the Office of the District Attorney at (575)769-2246.