A man on probation for his role in the murder of a local man in 2003 was given more jail time Thursday (Dec. 13) for an attack against a 16-year-old girl.
Jaime Romero, 37, will serve the remainder of his 6-year probation behind bars after a July altercation that the state argued violated the terms of Romero's probation. With the time Romero has already served, that puts his sentence for the violation at about two and a half years.
Judge Michael Vigil revoked Romero's probation based on allegations that Romero beat, threatened and inappropriately touched a teenage girl last July.According to testimony of the two girls in court, who the Taos News has chosen not to identify, Romero was in the back seat of a car with one of the girls when he began touching her. When the girl refused his advances, Romero struck her, causing bruising and temporary blindness in one eye. The friend testified that when she saw Romero strike the other girl, she struck Romero with a bottle from the front seat.
Romero was on probation after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit murder in the 2003 murder of José Juan Alcántar, who was found burned in his car after being injected with lethal doses of heroin.