An Artesia man was sentenced to seven years in state prison for a 2020 homicide near the Eddy County Fairgrounds south of Artesia, according to Fifth Judicial District Court records.
Dominic James Wade, 20, pleaded no contest Nov. 30 to charges of voluntary manslaughter and tampering with evidence before Fifth Judicial District Judge Lisa Riley.
Originally charged with the first-degree murder of 28-year-old Alonso Valdez, Wade accepted a plea deal from the Fifth Judicial District Attorney’s Office reducing the charge to manslaughter Oct. 18, read court records.
Riley found Wade guilty and sentenced him to four years in prison. She reduced Wade’s original six-year sentence because Wade served 547 days of presentence confinement.
She determined Wade’s guilt on tampering with evidence and sentenced him to three years in New Mexico Department of Corrections (NMDOC) custody, court records cited. The sentence runs concurrent with the manslaughter sentence.
Wade was also sentenced to four years of parole by Riley.
Eddy County Sheriff Mark Cage said Valdez died of a gunshot wound on June 2, 2020. He said Valdez was shot by Wade at a residence at 14 Crystal Drive.
Wade told Eddy County Sheriff’s detectives at the time of the investigation that Valdes accused him of stealing a cellphone.
Wade remained in the Eddy County Detention Center in Carlsbad as of Dec. 3 pending transfer to NMDOC, per the jail’s website.
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