- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 17, 2019

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) - A Clovis man has been sentenced to 11 years in prison for assaulting some of his girlfriend’s family members.

Prosecutors say 39-year-old Alfonso Rodriguez was convicted Tuesday of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, child abuse and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

A Curry County jury deliberated about 90 minutes before returning guilty verdicts and Rodriguez was given the maximum sentence.

Judge Matthew Chandler says the trauma the children went through because of the incident weighed heavily on the court’s conscience.

Prosecutors say Rodriguez became enraged for some reason while dropping his girlfriend’s three children at their grandparent’s home on April 29.

They say Rodriguez pointed a gun at the kids and their grandfather before fleeing the scene.

Rodriguez was arrested days later by Clovis police.

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