The sentence imposed on Anthony Samora, 46, by state District Court Judge Ross Sanchez, was mandated by a December 2013 Supreme Court ruling that said a prior rape conviction made Samora subject to the life sentence.
According to a statement released by District Attorney Kari Brandenburg, Samora “has admitted to having sex with children over 100 times and has been arrested multiple times for sex crimes against children.”
Samora’s most recent arrest stemmed from a May 2008 episode in which he picked up a 16-year-old developmentally delayed boy at the Downtown Alvarado Transportation Center and drove the boy to a remote area on or near Isleta Pueblo where he raped the boy in his pickup truck. Samora then dropped the teen off in a Walmart parking lot at Coors and Interstate 40.
In November 2013, Samora was found guilty of rape, kidnapping and related charges in connection with that case.
At the time of the rape, Samora was out of prison, on parole and wearing an ankle bracelet for the 2003 rape of a 14-year-old male hitchhiker.
Court records on the 2003 rape show that after Samora picked up the boy, he drove to a liquor store and then took the boy to Samora’s home where the rape took place.
Bernalillo County sheriff’s investigators used tracking data from the ankle bracelet Samora had been wearing to tie him to the 2008 rape they were then investigating. The victim was subsequently able to identify Samora and his pickup truck.
A search of the pickup truck revealed “what appeared to be a log of Samora’s sexual activity, including the ages of those persons he had sex with,” according to the criminal complaint filed at the time.
Although Samora was sentenced to nine years for the 2003 hitchhiker rape, he served just over a year and a half in prison and just under a year and a half in the county lockup. The judge in that case was also Ross Sanchez, according to a Journal story.
That same Journal story noted that at the time of the 2008 arrest, Samora was still listed as “incarcerated” on the state’s Sex Offender Web site.