x Ashland Resident Danny Surratt Convicted

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Apr 17, 2012
 

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Ex-deputy convicted on one sex crime count

ALMA OLIVAS-POSADAS
NEWS-SUN
After three days of trial and almost two days in deliberation, a jury returned a guilty
verdict on one sex crime and wasn’t able to return a verdict on another.
Former Lea County Sheriff ’s deputy Danny Surratt was taken into custody and transported
to the Lea County Detention Center after Judge Steven Bell of Roswell read the guilty
verdict of criminal sexual penetration in the second degree of a child 13 to 18 years old.
The other count, criminal sexual penetration of a child under 13 years old in the first
degree, was ruled as a mistrial due to jury disagreement.
“I do not want any show of emotion, no noise made, nothing,” Bell told a room full of spectators before the verdict was read.“You all have been perfectly well behaved during this trial.”
During the trial and verdict reading, the Lovington courthouse was patrolled and secured by New Mexico State Police agents.
The girls in this case are the defendant’s 11- and 18-year-old stepgrandaughters, who both testified they had been allegedly molested multiple times by their “papa.”
“The girls now have freedom,” said the 11-year-old victim as she was leaving the courthouse with her family.
Spectators were separately escorted out of the courthouse.
“I am glad after two years justice had prevailed,” said the 11-year-old’s father, Vincent Sanchez.“They have continuously blamed other people and sometimes you have to take responsibility of your actions,” said the girls’ mother, Tanya Sanchez.“I am glad the jury saw through the smoke screen.”
The 18-year-old victim said she wanted to thank everyone who had stood by her family.
“This was definitely an act of God,” she said as she hugged her younger sister.“I want to thank my little sister she is my hero.”
During the trial, the 18-yearold testified her little sister had told her on May 15, 010, that her papa had touched her in inappropriate places.
Brenda Surratt Nyberg, the defendant’s cousin, said there were no winners.“Today was for
all the victims of the past and all of the would be victims,” she said before leaving the
courthouse.“I would like to thank the state police for all of their security and
patrolling.”
Prisella Hodge, the victim’s cousin, said they would be praying for both sides.
Other spectators in the courtroom supporting the defendant declined to comment.
Judge Bell said a sentencing hearing will be scheduled within the next 30 days.
According to assistant district attorney Courtney Hewes of Alamogordo, the maximum sentence is 15 years with a $12,500 fine. She said three years are mandatory minimum.
Originally, the 60 year-old defendant was charged with one count of criminal sexual penetration of a child under the age of 13 in the first degree, one count of criminal sexual penetration of a child under the age of 13 in the second degree, one count of criminal sexual penetration of a child 13 to 18 years old in the third degree and one count of criminal sexual penetration of a child 13 to 18 years old but counts two and four on that list were dismissed by the judge during the second day of trial.
New Mexico Department of Public Safety forensic DNA analyst Jennifer Otto took the stand
Wednesday and testified DNA from the defendant and the 11 year-old girl were found on her underwear.
Rose Surratt, the defendant’s wife and the girls’ grandmother, also took the stand the second day of trial and testified she was shocked when her granddaughter told her about the incident.
Trying to hold back tears, Rose told the court the situation has torn her family apart said she hadn’t reported the allegations because she was confused.
The defendant took the stand Wednesday and testified he had never committed the crimes
alleged.“No I did not. I loved my granddaughters,” he said sobbing.“I love my granddaughters ...
I feel that they have been pushed into this.
(ARTICLE FROM HOBBS-SUN NEWSPAPER, HOBBS, NM)

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If you are a victim of Danny Surratt's, or have any information, please contact Byron Weston at the New Mexico State Police.

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http://www.connecttristates.com/news/story.as...

Danny's older brother.

SCHUYLER COUNTY, ILL.-- A Rushville man is in jail on multiple charges of criminal sexual assault with a female teenager.

The Schuyler County Sheriff's Office arrested James R. Surratt, 63, on Thursday.

The Illinois Department of Child and Family Services indicated Surratt allegedly had sexual contact with the victim on multiple dates during the last 8 years. The last incident had taken place in the last week.

Surratt is charged with predatory criminal sexual assault of a child, aggravated criminal sexual assault and aggravated criminal sexual abuse. He remains at the Schuyler County Jail awaiting bond on his felony charges. Surratt is scheduled to appear in court on May 2, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. for his first appearance.

Schuyler County investigators and the Illinois Department of Child and Family Services will continue to investigate the allegations in this case.
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Danny Surratt is the victum here.

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Ex-deputy’s conviction voided

ALMA OLIVAS-POSADAS
NEWS-SUN
Former Lea County Sheriff ’s deputy
Danny Surratt walked in the courtroom in tears for

a sentencing hearing Thursday morning, but walked

out with a second chance to prove his innocence.

On April 13, a jury found Surratt, 61, of Lovington

guilty of one count of criminal sexual penetration

in the second degree of a child 13 to 18 years
old.

On Thursday, Judge Steven Bell of Carlsbad ordered

a new trial in District Court in Lovington after

throwing out that April guilty verdict reached by
jurors.

Bell ruled based on a defense motion on Thursday

that criminal intent language was left out of jury

instructions in April.

“On many levels this is unfortunate,” said Bell

before granting the defense’s motion.“... It was

not tendered to me by the state, the defendant’s

council does not have the obligation to say the

instruction was left out. We had a week-long trial,

in which a jury worked extremely hard to diligently

arrive at what they believed was a fair verdict.”

Defense attorney Barry Crutchfield said there was

an omission of general criminal intent in the jury

instructions, which is required by New Mexico

criminal law and would void all the proceedings in

the first trial. Crutchfield is Surratt’s new

defense attorney, hired after the last jury trial.

“I have come in this case very recently. I found

and noted in the instructions the absence of the

criminal intent,” he told the court.“... We
believe that that is fundamentally an error.”

Prosecutor Courtney Hewes of Alamogordo asked after

the case was reversed that the court increase

Surratt’s bond previously set and posted at

$500,000.

“He has more information and more to be
scared of,” Hewes told the court.

She also asked the judge for the trial to be
scheduled as soon as possible and said the longer

the wait, the worse it was for everyone involved in

the case.

Judge Bell agreed with Hewes.

“This case needs to be finished as quickly as
possible,” he said.

Hewes said after the hearing she was shocked
by the decision.

“I feel horrible, and I feel it is a tragedy, but I
respect the judge’s decision,” Hewes said after
the motion was granted.

Crutchfield said it is regrettable delays occur
but the law requires certain actions.

The courthouse was patrolled by New Mexico
Police agents during the hearing and about 70
spectators in the courthouse consisting of both
defense and prosecution supporters were separately

escorted out.

The victims in the case are the defendant’s 11-
and 18-year-old stepgranddaughters, who testified

allegedly Surratt molested them on multiple

occasions, with one of the incidents occurring on

May 15, 2010.

Surratt was originally charged with one count
of criminal sexual penetration of a child under
the age of 13 in the first degree, one count of
criminal sexual penetration of a child under
the age of 13 in the second degree, one count of
criminal sexual penetration of a child 13 to 18
years old in the third degree and one count of
criminal sexual penetration of a child 13 to 18
years old.

Counts two and four were dismissed during
the second day of trial. The jury was instructed
to deliberate on counts one and three but were
not able to return a verdict on count one due to
mistrial related to jury instructions.

Surratt took the stand during the trial and
denied the allegations.

“No I did not. I loved my granddaughters,” he
said, sobbing during his testimony.“I love my
granddaughters ... I feel that they have been
pushed into this.”

The retrial for count one had already been

tentatively set for July 9.
Michael Morris

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May 25, 2012
 
Did you see the Diana Martwick thread in Alamogordo was removed? That was a very mild discussion. I wonder what the problem was.

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Jul 10, 2012
 
There is a new ADA, Matt Chandler! He was New Mexico Prosecutor of the year for three years!
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I do not for one minute believe any of this. I know when i was a child Danny was an officer and i would go to Danny with any problem that i had. Danny is a very loving, caring man. Was always willing to help. I BELIEVE THAT DANNY IS NOT GUILTY !!

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Feb 27, 2013
 
Unfortunately, there is an eye witness to one of his prior bad acts and he has been convicted twice for molesting girls (one was voided).

I love Danny too but he has done bad things to young girls and now must pay the price.
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Mar 3, 2013
 
BevOKC wrote:
Unfortunately, there is an eye witness to one of his prior bad acts and he has been convicted twice for molesting girls (one was voided).
I love Danny too but he has done bad things to young girls and now must pay the price.
You love Danny too? You don't even know him!
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Jun 21, 2013
 
06/20/2013 Defendant, SA and Atty Alvarez present. Cause comes on for negotiated plea. Defendant advised of charges, penalties and rights on Count 21. Defendant pleads guilty to count 21. Factual basis presented and found PLEA OF GUILTY, filed. JUDGMENT ORDER AND SENTENCE, signed. JUDGMENT-SENTENCE TO ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS, signed. Victim impact statement given. Defendant advised of right to appeal. Defendant remanded to the custody of the Schuyler County Sheriff for transport to DOC..........

Update on the Surratt case...

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May 1, 2014
 
OMG wrote:
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You love Danny too? You don't even know him!
Danny is my cousin. I know him. I know what he is too. I still love him but I don't love what he did to those girls and my sister.

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