Clovis man sentenced for attempted murder

Clovis man sentenced for attempted murder
Eric Gutierrez
Eric Gutierrez

CLOVIS, NM - A Clovis man has been sentenced to 40 years in prison.

Eric Gutierrez, 32, of Clovis was sentenced Monday for the following charges:

Attempted Murder, a second degree felony; two counts of Assault With Intent to Commit a Violent Felony Upon a Peace Officer, second degree felonies; and Felon in Possession of a Firearm.

Gutierrez was taken into custody in December 2013.

Clovis Police officers responded to a call to remove him from a home because he was acting crazy and being violent.

Police said after officers knocked on Gutierrez's bedroom door, they were sprayed with gunfire from inside the room.

The officers suffered minor injuries.

The Honorable Drew D. Tatum presided over the sentencing hearing, and stated to Gutierrez:

"You have an extensive history in the system of extremely violent crimes. You have been a true menace and terror on our community for a long time. You are not the victim in this. The officers put their lives at risk every day and you choose to put their lives in danger for no reason and it's despicable. Now is the time you must pay the consequences for that choice. The purpose of this sentence is to protect the community."

The terms for Gutierrez's sentencing include enhancements for prior felonies he committed.

Those crimes are also considered serious violent offenses, which means Gutierrez must serve at least 85% of the sentence before being considered for parole.