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Offenders get time for failing to register

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Two men were sentenced in U.S. District Court in Las Cruces Monday for failure to comply with the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act — also known as the Adam Walsh Protection and Safety Act, U.S. Attorney Kenneth Gonzales and U.S. Marshal Conrad Candelaria announced.

Vincent Foreman, 41, a Texas resident most recently located in Carlsbad, was sentenced to 30 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release for failing to update his sex offender registration in Eddy County, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Foreman was convicted in October 1997 in Cibola County of criminal sexual contact of a minor and false imprisonment, and although he registered as a sex offender in San Angelo, Texas, after his release from prison, he failed to update his registration when he relocated to Carlsbad, a news release said.

In a separate case, 41-year-old Jessie Lee Cox, most recently living in Hobbs, was sentenced to 12 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release for failing to register as a sex offender in Lea County, according to the release.

Court records showed that Cox had been convicted of a sex offense in Texas and was required to register in New Mexico.

He was arrested on June 20, 2012, and has been in custody ever since.

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