Lucero was sentenced for shooting Cameron Burton on Feb. 8, 2015, outside the Farmers Market grocery store in Bloomfield


AZTEC — Charmaine Lucero was sentenced to nine years in prison today for the shooting of a 27-year-old man outside a Bloomfield grocery store.

Lucero was sentenced this afternoon in Aztec district court by Judge John Dean Jr. for shooting Cameron Burton on Feb. 8, 2015, during a dispute outside the Farmers Market grocery store in Bloomfield.

She received nine years in prison for the first-degree attempted murder charge and 18 months for the fourth-degree felony tampering with evidence charge. The sentences will be served concurrently.

She will get a two-year credit for time served and could be released in three years and six months while on two years of parole, according to San Juan County Assistant District Attorney Ronald Brambl.

Brambl had requested that Lucero serve her terms consecutively.

As part of a plea agreement, Lucero pleaded no contest to attempted murder and evidence tampering in March 10, 2016, and was facing a maximum sentence of 10 years and six months.

During the hearing, Burton told Dean he was shot once in the cheek. He said his family, including his then-2-year-old daughter, were in the car when the shooting occurred.

"I'm just glad this is over," Burton said after the hearing. "It was affecting me and my job."

He said he didn't know Lucero and that he wasn't looking for trouble while shopping at the grocery store before the shooting occurred.

Lucero briefly addressed the court during the hearing. While wiping tears from her eyes, she apologized to Burton and said she was scared for her life when the shooting occurred.

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The sentencing had been delayed after Lucero's public defender Matthew Cockman filed a motion on April 6 to determine Lucero's competency to stand trial. In the motion, Cockman maintained he had reason to believe Lucero was not competent to stand trial.

Before the hearing, Brambl said Lucero had two competency exams that were performed on May 5 and Feb. 17.

Cockman withdrew his motion to determine competency during a March 15 hearing, according to court documents.

Citing a sealed document, Brambl said the first competency exam showed Lucero was not competent to stand trial, but the second exam showed she was competent to stand trial and that she was possibly fabricating her symptoms.

During the hearing, Cockman said he did not dispute the reports but doubted that Lucero was "sophisticated" enough to contrive her symptoms.

He followed by asking Dean to take into consideration Lucero's "very trouble life," including instances of substance abuse, when sentencing her.

Joshua Kellogg covers crime, courts and social issues for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627.

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