Woman pleads in grocery store shooting

Steve Garrison
Charmaine Lucero talks to her attorney during a hearing on Thursday at the Eleventh Judicial District Court in Aztec.

AZTEC – Charmaine Lucero pleaded no contest Thursday to attempted first-degree murder and evidence tampering in the shooting of a 27-year-old man last spring outside the Farmers Market grocery store in Bloomfield.

Lucero, 26, will face up to 10 years and six months in prison at a sentencing hearing expected to take place in two to three weeks.

Prosecutor Ron Brambl said at Thursday's plea hearing he will request the maximum sentence.

In exchange for Lucero's plea, the San Juan County District Attorney's Office dismissed charges of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, shooting from a motor vehicle causing great bodily harm and child abuse.

Lucero has no prior convictions.

Lucero was arrested the night of Feb. 9 at a residence on County Road 5060 on allegations she shot Cameron Burton earlier that day at the Farmers Market, 401 W. Broadway Ave. in Bloomfield, according to the arrest warrant affidavit.

Charmaine Lucero is escorted out of the courtroom after a hearing on Thursday at the Eleventh Judicial District Court in Aztec.

Lucero allegedly shot Burton once in the face after an argument in the grocery store parking lot, the affidavit states. She then fled the scene in a gold-colored Cadillac occupied by two children, ages 17 and 3, and another woman, Teresa Vance.

Vance, 26, was charged in April with accessory to battery, accessory to shooting at or from a motor vehicle, false imprisonment and harboring or aiding a felon.

She is set to appear at trial on the charges on May 26.

Steve Garrison covers crime and courts for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4644.