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Out on probation, Four Corners man in trouble with law less than 24 hours later

Meg Hilling
November 02, 2017 08:45 PM

FARMINGTON, N.M. -- New Mexico's judicial system is taking heat in the Four Corners this week in response to the release of Robert Tyler Walker.

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Walker has racked up 18 felony charges since 2016 and was sentenced to only five years of probation on Oct. 24. Less than 24 hours later, he got in trouble again.

"He is a frequent flyer with us around here," San Juan County Sheriff Department Detective Gary Mauldin said.

A man with an extensive criminal past, Walker didn't even make it to the probation office to sign his paperwork before he was allegedly already back committing crimes on Oct. 25.

According to the arrest warrant, Walker allegedly went to a neighborhood in Bloomfield in search of a man, looking to confront him about talking to his girlfriend and "snitching on everybody." When Walker found the man asleep in one of the homes, he allegedly began to violently attack him, fracturing his skull before leaving him unconscious in the front yard

"This is a career criminal. And 19 hours later, he commits an aggravated battery on a young man, hospitalizes him and arms himself once again with a firearm,” San Juan County Undersheriff Shane Ferrari said. “And his past charges include aggravated assault on a police officer, theft of automobiles, burglaries and other crimes associated with firearms."

And even now as he sits behind bars awaiting court, the sheriffs’ department says he is still committing crimes.

"A day later, he actually called an acquaintance of his, had the acquaintance go to the victim's house, and then he called the acquaintance and he actually made threats to our witness not to show up for court," Mauldin said.

"This is not an individual that deserves a second chance," Ferrari said. "We are doing our job, now we need the justice system to do theirs."

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