Belen man pleads in two cases

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A Belen man has entered a no-contest plea for two separate incidents that could send him to prison for up 16 years.

Jeremy Hicks, 25, pleaded no contest last week to aggravated assault on a police officer, a third-degree felony, in relation to a March 16, 2012, incident in which he fled from a state police officer who was trying to make a traffic stop as the vehicle was traveling westbound on El Cerro Mission Road.

According to the criminal complaint, Hicks fled from police after he suddenly stopped on westbound El Cerro Mission Road and traveled at a high rate of speed after the officer engaged his siren.

Police decided to initiate a traffic stop after Hicks failed to maintain his lane and crossed the road's center lane twice.

The complaint said Hicks drove in a reckless manner southbound on N.M. 263, and then south on N.M. 47 and continued onto westbound River Road.

Shortly after, police said Hicks nearly crashed into a Belen police unit near Mesa and Reinken roads, ending up crashing into a ditchbank directly east of Andres Sanchez.

Police found a .38-caliber automatic handgun with two fully loaded magazines and a box of ammunition, according to the complaint. There were also two bags of heroin, two syringes with needles and two glass pipes in the vehicle.

In exchange for his plea, the state dismissed charges, including aggravated fleeing, possession of a firearm by a felon, receiving or transferring a stolen motor vehicle, unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, possession of a controlled substance, resisting or evading an officer and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Hicks also pleaded no contest to aggravated burglary, aggravated assault and shooting at or from a motor vehicle in regards to a November 2012 incident in which he was charged with breaking into a house on Morgan Road, and shooting at a neighbor when he blocked Hicks' vehicle in the driveway.

Along with a television, a game console and nearly all of the homeowner's jewelry, the victims reported that a fireproof security box filled with their adopted children's original birth certificates and other "irreplaceable" documents were stolen.

Homeowner and burglary victim Denise Jaramillo got the personal documents back that were taken in the burglary. The documents included original birth certificates and photos of her two adopted children, who are from Ukraine and China.

In that case, the state dismissed charges of aggravated battery, larceny, criminal damage to property and conspiracy to commit aggravated burglary.

According to the plea and disposition agreement, which was accepted by District Court Judge William Sanchez, Hicks also will be sentenced as an habitual offender, meaning he will face an additional four years for other felony incidents in both 2006 and 2007 outside Valencia County, and another year for a firearm enhancement.

Sanchez ordered a pre-sentence report before he sentences Hicks.


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