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Man sentenced to 73 years for kidnapping, sexually assaulting woman

Roy G. Cavazos was sentenced to 73 years in prison for charges stemming from a July 2016 incident in which he was found guilty of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a woman in Clovis. (Photo: Clovis Police Department)

A Clovis man who was found guilty in May of kidnapping, four counts of criminal sexual penetration, assault with intent to commit a felony and trafficking a controlled substance, has been sentenced to 73 years in prison.

The 9th Judicial District Attorney confirmed Roy G. Cavazos was sentenced for the crimes that took place in July 2016, when the 29-year-old female victim was approached by Cavazos outside her apartment.

Clovis police said Cavazos asked the victim for help finding his wallet. When she turned to go back inside her apartment, police say Cavazos forced his way inside. The victim sprayed him with pepper spray but he overcame her.

For the next nearly 18 hours, police say Cavazos sexually assaulted the victim and forced her to use a controlled substance. Since the victim's infant child was inside the home, she minimized her resistance against him, fearing for the safety of her child.

CPD said the victim was held against her will from about 11:30 p.m. on July 26, to about 5:30 p.m. the following day. It wasn't until her mother came to check on her that the victim was freed and Cavazos allowed her to leave with her child. He ordered her not to tell anyone, police said.

During the sentencing, Judge Chandler said the Cavazos, "Your adult life has been scattered with violence. I see a man with no remorse, I see a man with no concern for anyone except himself. What happened on that night was pure evil. I am thankful the victim was able to escape.”

Cavazos was sentenced to the maximum 73 years in the New Mexico Department of Corrections. The sentence includes an enhancement for a prior felony conviction of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

In addition, the Court found the crimes to be serious violent offenses, meaning Cavazos will have to serve 85 percent of the sentence before being considered for parole. He was also ordered to register as a lifetime sex offender.

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