Richard J. Sena sentenced to 40 years for sexual assault of elderly woman

Published: Jan. 12, 2015 at 10:57 PM CST|Updated: Jul. 13, 2015 at 9:57 PM CDT
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Richard J. Sena, 35 (Source: Ninth Judicial District Attorney's Office)
Richard J. Sena, 35 (Source: Ninth Judicial District Attorney's Office)

Provided by Ninth Judicial District Attorney's Office

Clovis, NM - Ninth Judicial District Attorney Andrea Reeb announced that Richard J. Sena, age 35, of Artesia, NM, was sentenced today for the November 2012 sexual assault and robbery of an elderly Clovis woman. A Curry County jury convicted Sena in May of 2014 of Criminal Sexual Penetration, Kidnapping, Criminal Sexual Contact, Armed Robbery, and Aggravated Burglary.

Sena broke into the victim's home in Clovis about 3:30 a.m. in November, 2012, and sexually assaulted her while threatening her with a knife. He then stole her firearm, wallet and cordless phone, fleeing on foot. Clovis Police Department officers were able to track the shoe prints of Sena to a home about five blocks away where he was found hiding the back yard. Sena was on parole at the time for a prior conviction of residential burglary.

At the hearing today, the Court heard a statement from the victim by telephone. She praised the police officers of Clovis for their quick response and hard work throughout the investigation. She also thanked the District Attorney's Office for being so helpful to her throughout this ordeal.

The Honorable Stephen K. Quinn sentenced Sena today to serve 40 and one-half years in prison, and ordered that Sena register as a sex offender for the rest of his life. Quinn stated, "This crime had to be painfully embarrassing for the victim. No one should have to go through this. I'm just thankful she is alive." Quinn further stated, "The defendant has continued to disobey the law and his conduct has become more severe as time goes by."

Regarding the case, District Attorney Reeb stated, "Over two years after this occurred, this is the final piece of closure that the victim needed. After this assault, she was terrified to be alone, and had constant flashbacks of the violence against her. While she will never forget that terrible night, knowing the defendant will spend the next forty years in prison will assist her in moving on with her life."

The case was prosecuted by District Attorney Andrea Reeb and Assistant District Attorney, Laura Talbert. The defendant was represented by criminal defense attorney, Kevin Hanratty. Sena must serve at least 85% of his sentence before being considered for release on life-time parole.