FARMINGTON — A Farmington man who was shot earlier this year by a police officer accepted a plea bargain Thursday in various burglary cases unrelated to the shooting.
Michael Chavez, 42, entered a no contest plea in San Juan County District Court as part of the plea bargain. The 42-year-old man was shot in the foot and elbow while fleeing from a traffic stop in March.
On Feb. 26, Chavez broke into Brenda Romo's home in Flora Vista and damaged the property, according to court documents.
According to a March 26 Daily Times story, Romo's pit bull, Patron, likely attacked Chavez. The article reported Chavez is the co-owner of Gypsy Rose Landscaping.
He allegedly used his job to burglarize customers, and police suspected he was responsible for around 10 residential burglaries. The victims usually reported missing jewelry, video games, movies and toys.
Several of the victims spoke in court Thursday. Evelyn Young said she had a necklace that was made out of shells. She said her daughter made her the necklace when she was 12 years old, and its market value was around $7,000. Chavez allegedly stole this necklace, as well as other pieces of jewelry, from Young's house.
Another victim reported that she attended church with Chavez. She said she was in church when Chavez broke into her house.
Chavez's wife testified on his behalf. She said he had a difficult childhood and needs help. She also claimed the allegations against her husband are not true.
On Thursday, Chavez pleaded no contest on four charges of receiving stolen property and one of residential burglary in three separate cases.
Chavez was charged with receiving stolen property valued between $2,500 and $20,000, which he disposed of in January. In another case, he was charged with receiving more than $500 worth of stolen property, which he also disposed of in January. He was also charged with two counts of receiving and retaining stolen property, one which was more than $2,500 and the other was more than $500.
Chavez was also convicted of a prior felony involving armed robbery, three counts of aggravated assault, three counts of false imprisonment and receiving stolen property in 1997 in Santa Fe County.
As part of the plea agreement Chavez accepted Thursday, the state will not pursue the habitual offender enhancement, which would have increased his sentence. However, the plea agreement will not decrease his sentence.
Chavez faces up to 12 years, which will be served consecutively.