A Clovis, NM man pleaded guilty and was convicted Friday of making a bomb threat, battery upon a peace officer, assault on a peace officer and resisting, evading or obstructing an officer, Ninth Judicial District Attorney Andrea Reeb announced.
On April 19, Joseph Saiz, 54, called in a bomb threat to Covenant Hospital in Plainview, the district attorney said. Plainview Police determined Saiz was located at his home in Clovis at the time of making the call and contacted the Clovis Police Department.
During sentencing, the Court learned Saiz’s actions had a profound impact on hospital staff, and due to the severity and acuity of their COVID patients, evacuation could have been fatal for some.
Saiz was sentenced to 18 months in the Department of Corrections followed by 30 months of probation and one year of parole. During incarceration, Saiz will be recommended to the Residential Drug Abuse Treatment Program. Saiz expressed remorse for his actions and acknowledged his alcohol issues had contributed to this incident, the DA said.