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.

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anonymous
anonymous

I want to commend the friend who hit this worthless miscreant on the head with a bottle. To bad he is getting out much to soon.

anonymous
anonymous

What is a 16 year old girl doing in a car with an accused murderer....mothers watch your children

anonymous
anonymous

Only six years probation for his part in a murder? And why was he not tried on a sex assault charge on the 16 year old? What is wrong with the New Mexico courts and law enforcement system?

anonymous
anonymous

You elect lethargic judges, pay cops minimum wage and these parents are morons!

anonymous
anonymous

Not only has he been accused of several not one murder he has previously been convicted of murder. This was his second arrest since being released from jail on the Alcantar case one coming only a week after his release why wasnt he sentenced to finish his time in jail then. What kind of court system gives probation to a convicted murder (who apparantly is a career criminal) for conspiracy to commit murder. In my experience I have seen conspirators get just as much time or more than a murder charge and here we have a convicted killer get off on probation. At least the streets will be safe for another 2 1/2 years minus time off for good behavior. Then what, put this mass murderer back on the streets to kill or hurt somebody again. Disgusting.

realworld
realworld

Northern New Mexico politics at its standard operating procedures and how it affects the justice system here.

anonymous
anonymous

who was the judge that gave him probation? that person should be out!n2hb

anonymous
anonymous

Well well well, it's about time people are beginning to realize what a major role our judges play in the judicial system. You can have the best evidence at trial and get a conviction only to have a judge slap them on the wrist. What a shame!

anonymous
anonymous

It seems you get in more trouble bagging an elk without a permit, than killing a human being around these parts.
Hooray for Elk safety

anonymous
anonymous

Not to mention that he threatened both girls in this case which in most places would be cahrged as intimidation of a witness which in most places would carry a very heavy penalty. These poor girls are safe for a short time while he is in jail and then when he gets out they will still be in high school. So all he has to do is show up and find them and we will have more victims.

anonymous
anonymous

In Taos you can commit crimes against women and no one gives a darn, it they did this man would be serving more time Taos community should be outraged.

anonymous
anonymous

people in Taos need to stand up and say we are done with the violence in our county. Women get killed by husbands or boyfriends and the men get away with it. Is a womens life not worth the trouble!! Is that why men just get a slap on the wrist for their violent behavior...

romero
romero

all i could say is that all these little girls need to stay away from all these older men they are nothing but sick dogs all they want is sex and most girls always give it up because the guy says i love you!!!!! thats thier way of tricking them

anonymous
anonymous

We are outraged..Judges need to be held accountable. They are too busy rubbing elbows. Peace officers need better salaries and deeper clearances to be on the force. Remember Malcolm and Joel? It matters to all of us! Dont think it doesnt!

anonymous
anonymous

I have been an officer for 12 years in the Taos area and have known Romero all 12 yrs and even before. As a LE Officer, I have learn the catch and release program fairly well. The cops catch them, put them in jail and the it is out of police hands. Its up to the DA office and the justice system. Since Romero's release from prison on his last murder charge he has been in and out = catch and release. This happens more often than one thinks= everyday. This is just one example. Sometime police do the best they can with the evidence that is found, but no case investigated is a conviction, even with the best of evidence. But a person like Romero is a danger in the community, not only to the people who know him, but to the people who are strangers to him. You will not see the last of Romero. When he gets out, I am sure his name will pop up again for commiting another felony crime. Hopefully you or a member of your family is not the victim for the next time. My feeling of our criminal justice system has two parts, one professional and one personal, but that is another issue in its self, and will take much longer to talk about.

realworld
realworld

As "12 years in LE" wrote.
Most of our problems can be laid at the feet of our District Attorney and his totally incompetent staff. You get what you elect.
They can't even handle a basic bad check charge. Ask someone who had a bad check passed, when was the last time you received your money and was the case ever resolved?
Incomptence compounded...and all they do is make excuses.

anonymous
anonymous

I agree with the statement made by "Law Enforcement" when they stated "What is wrong with the New Mexico courts and law enforcement system?" There are SOO many unsolved murders, especially in Questa. People get away with murder, thanks to the failure of the judicial system. Only in NM does this happen - anywhere else people actually get PUNISHED for their crimes!!

anonymous
anonymous

Look @ the Dennis Rael case (Questa) Natalie Lacome murdered Dennis on 3/8/07 and never was charged w.nothing.She hasn"t served 1 sec: in jail. Donald waited 10 days and then transferred the case to the Santa Fe DA She is a very sick and dangerous person, but the judicial system doesn"t care-let the DA form Santa Fe handle it. only GOD can help us here in northern NM.

anonymous
anonymous

Eye for an EYE Will Justify,
To bad it don't exist here.