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Woman changes pleas relating to shooting

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A woman charged with false imprisonment and tampering with evidence — in relation to an August 2018 shooting in Roswell that left one man wounded — changed her plea to guilty on both counts.

Veronica Perez, 32, of Roswell, pleaded guilty to both charges in Fifth Judicial District Court on Thursday.

Judge James Hudson sentenced Perez to 18 months in prison on each charge, but suspended the sentence allowing her to serve it on supervised probation.

As conditions of her probation, she must also provide a sample of biological material for DNA testing; pay fines and fees to the District Clerk’s office; undergo drug and alcohol screening, treatment and assessment; perform 50 hours of community service unless she can prove she has full-time employment, and make restitution to the victim.

Perez is also barred from having any contact with the victim or any of the three other individuals facing charges in relation to the shooting that happened Aug. 29, 2018 at a residence in the 1600 block of South Washington Street.

She also cleaned up the blood at the scene before police arrived and after two of the other defendants — David Clements and Jessica Tarleton — eventually dropped the victim off at an area hospital.

Tarleton, 34; Clements, 30; and Thomas Dellavecchio, 42, all face charges in relation to the shooting.

The victim in Chaves County Magistrate Court has testified he was at Tarleton’s house Aug. 29, 2018, after she contacted him and asked him to come over.

The victim told the prosecution that Clements and Dellavecchio approached him while in the living room, each holding a gun. A shot was then fired that struck the victim in the right jaw and exited his neck.

The victim said he did not recall which gun the bullet came from, but that both men and the two females prevented him from leaving the house.

Imad Awad of the Chaves County District Attorney’s office said at Thursday’s hearing that Tarleton has already changed her plea from guilty to not guilty, while Clements and Dellavecchio are scheduled to go to trial.

Alexis Tighe — an attorney representing Perez — told Hudson at the hearing that her client understands the gravity of what she did and has been concentrating on taking care of her family and trying to get a job.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or at breakingnews@rdrnews.com.