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REPEAT OFFENDER LOCKED-UP

 

December 7, 2018



By Jacque Ritchie, TALON

According to reports from San Juan County Sheriffs Department, Robert Tyler Walker, 25, has been charged with 28 felonies since 2016. According to a recent press release from the San Juan County Sheriff's Office these felonies include armed robbery, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, aggravated assault on a police officer along with a long list of misdemeanors.

In October of 2017 Walker pleaded guilty to five felony charges of conspiracy to commit larceny, conspiracy to commit burglary of a motor vehicle, aggravated assault upon a peace officer with a deadly weapon, unlawful taking of a motor vehicle and criminal property damage. As part of a plea deal Walker received a "light sentence" and was "conditionally released" to complete five years supervised probation by Aztec District Court Judge John Dean.

Under the terms of a conditional discharge, if Walker were to successfully complete the probation period, the felony convictions would be dismissed. Reportedly, less than 24 hours after his October 24, 2017 release, Walker beat a Bloomfield man unconscious, fracturing his skull with a hammer during a home invasion. Jail tapes revealed Walker "bragging to family about getting out of jail soon due to the lax sentencing he previously received."

On July 9th 2018, Walker's conditional release was revoked and he was held for a probation violation and the beating of the Bloomfield man. This time around Walker was sentenced to seven and a half years. Judge Dean suspended that sentence and handed down a one year sentence in the San Juan County Detention Center to be followed by three years supervised probation.

Walker received 251 days of pre-sentencing incarceration credit, and spent approximately 115 behind bars before his October 31, 2018 release. On November 26, 2018 SJCSO Detectives responded to a residence on CR 3335 in reference to a battery. The victim identified Walker as one of his attackers saying Walker had also stolen personal property during a home invasion. Walker was charged with aggravated battery, aggravated burglary and larceny and is currently being held on a no-bond hold at SJCDC.

In the press release Sheriff Ken Christesen expressed his frustration with revolving door justice, "...This person is obviously dangerous and clearly a repeat offender, Walker needs to be in prison. Law enforcement is extremely busy arresting the same criminals repeatedly. Prosecutors and lenient judges continue to allow these people back on the streets to create more and more victims."

 

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