Man sentenced to prison in double stabbing

Steve Garrison
Emerson Happy is pictured Aug. 18 during his trial at the Eleventh Judicial District Court in Aztec.

FARMINGTON — A 41-year-old man was sentenced today to prison time for his conviction in a double stabbing.

Emerson Happy was arrested June 4, 2015, on allegations he stabbed two men, Cody Olachea and Jesus Valtierra, near East Broadway and South Orchard avenues in Farmington, according to court records.

The men told police that Happy attacked them with a knife outside a nearby Wells Fargo Bank, records state.

Happy then fled the scene, records state, but he was arrested by Farmington police near East Animas Street and South Miller Avenue. Police found a bloody knife in the grass near the scene of the arrest, according to records.

Olachea was treated at San Juan Regional Medical Center for stab wounds to his upper chest, according to records. Valtierra was treated for stab wounds to the stomach, chest and left shoulder blade, records state.

Happy was convicted at trial on Aug. 18 of two counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, a third-degree felony. Both victims testified against him at trial.

Happy was also convicted in February of battery on a peace officer, a fourth-degree felony, in an incident unrelated to the stabbings.

San Juan County Chief Deputy District Attorney Dustin O'Brien said Happy was sentenced in both cases this morning to a total of 5 1/2 years in prison, followed by 5 years of supervised probation.

O'Brien said Happy's prison sentence was increased due to two prior felony convictions.

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