Portales Man Guilty of Aggravated Burglary

A Portales man is found guilty of aggravated burglary and conspiracy to commit aggravated burglary.

Eighteen-year-old Joel Zertuche was convicted today stemming from an incident in March of 2008 when officers found an 82-year-old woman beaten outside of her home.

Two other people were involved in the crime.

Twenty one-year-old Jay Brian Stewart has already been convicted and sentenced to six years in jail.

Twenty five-year-old Preston Blake is currently awaiting trial.

Zertuche faces up to 12 years in jail and is expected to be sentenced within the next 90 days.