Former detention officer sentenced to 9 years for assisting in jail escape

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Clovis, NM (PRESS RELEASE) — The following is a press release from the Ninth Judicial District Attorney’s Office of New Mexico.

Ninth Judicial District Attorney, Andrea Reeb, announced that today Sarina Dodson, age 28, of Clovis, was sentenced per a plea agreement, on three counts of Assisting Escape, third degree felonies, and one count of Bringing Contraband into a Jail, a fourth degree felony. 

On June 15, 2018, Curry County Detention inmates Aaron Clark, Victor Apodaca and Ricky Sena escaped from the outdoor recreation area of the jail through three secured doors.  Dodson was the only detention officer working the control desk at the time.  Dodson was arrested in Lubbock on June 19, 2018.  The three inmates were at large for almost a week before they were apprehended during a SWAT team standoff with Clovis Police.

The Honorable Matthew Chandler presided over the sentencing hearing. Chandler stated, “This wasn’t a spontaneous decision, this was the result of days and week of planning.  We can all remember where we were when we heard that three dangerous inmates had escaped.  The ripple effect of fear spread across the community.” Chandler sentenced Dodson to 10 ½ years with 18 months being suspended in favor of supervised probation. 

Brian Stover, Chief Deputy District Attorney prosecuted the case for the State.  Dodson was represented by Francis Rio, Attorney at Law.

(This is a press release from Ninth Judicial District Attorney’s Office of New Mexico.)

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