CARLSBAD — A group of female inmates at the local jail, including one awaiting trial for murder, are facing more charges after allegedly beating up another inmate.
Laci Smith, 22, Theresa Elizondo, 20, Debra Pimpl, 36, and Brittnee Blair, 22, were all charged with battery following an incident at the Eddy County Detention Center last week.
According to court documents filed in the case, Smith pleaded no contest Monday to the charges and was given a sentence of 30 days, followed by 152 days of supervised probation. Blair, Pimpl and Elizondo are awaiting arraignment.
At 11:02 a.m. Sept. 12, Carlsbad police officer Nathan Langlitz was dispatched to the jail in reference to battery on an inmate.
A detention officer gave Langlitz photos of the injuries sustained by the victim, Bethanie Broussard.
Broussard told police that she was being held in the area designated as Beta 2 with several other female inmates whom she did not get along with.
According to the report, at 9 p.m. on the night of the incident, Smith approached Broussard, demanding that Broussard hand over her contact lenses.
Broussard approached the button to alert the jail guards, but was allegedly stopped when Smith grabbed her by the hair, then allegedly struck her in the face several times.
The two women fell to the ground, at which point Elizondo allegedly came up and punched Broussard in the eye.
Thirty minutes later, Blair allegedly tried to get Broussard to box with her until a fourth
inmate, Pimpl, allegedly also began to strike Broussard, throwing her to the ground.
“If you’re gonna teach her a lesson, this is how you do it,” Pimpl was reportedly heard to say by other female inmates.
Police said Smith kicked Broussard in the ribs while she was on the ground, and following the incident the women told Broussard that she could not report what happened or they would “go after her (Broussard’s) mother.”
“Clean your face up, if you tell anyone, we have your mom’s address and we will get her,” Blair reportedly told Broussard.
According to the New Mexico Courts website, most of the women charged in the incident have a history of battery or other violent charges.
In January, Blair was charged with first-degree murder, embezzlement of a motor vehicle and tampering with evidence and Smith was charged with aggravated burglary, aggravated battery and battery on a peace officer in a separate incident.
According to the site, in August Pimpl was charged with battery, shoplifting and tampering with evidence and Elizondo was charged with multiple counts of fraudulent use of a credit card earlier this year.
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