AZTEC — One of four people charged in a woman's kidnapping and beating — which left her with a broken jaw — was convicted of two felonies on Monday that could result in a 13-year prison sentence.

Schanda Stansbury, 36, pleaded no contest to second-degree kidnapping and robbery. She will face up to nine years in prison for the kidnapping, three years in prison for the robbery and her sentence can be enhanced by up to two years because of prior felony drug-possession convictions, according to the plea agreement she signed.

Mark Curnutt, Stansbury's attorney, could not be reached for comment.

Three men were also charged in connection to the case. One of the co-defendents, Jeremiah Harriott, pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge and is scheduled to be sentenced April 8. The two other men, Vincent Montoya and Joshua Watts, are awaiting trial.

Stansbury was arrested in August for her suspected involvement in the kidnapping, robbery and beating of Jessica Evensen, a Bayfield, Colo., woman.

The Sheriff's Office said Evensen was at SunRay Park and Casino with Angela Valdez, her friend, on August 11 when she was lured into a trap.

Valdez and Watts drove Evensen to a field south of the casino near County Road 5512 to use drugs, Assistant District Attorney Ken Stalter said in court.

Stansbury, Watts and Montoya were already in the field and Stansbury opened Evensen's car door and started beating her, according to court documents.


San Juan County Sheriff's Office investigators said Watts pulled Evensen from the car and held her arms back as Stansbury and the two other men punched and kicked her.

Investigators said Montoya pointed a gun at Evensen and smashed her head against a rock. Evensen was also kicked in the face breaking her jaw in two places.

During her attack, Evensen said the people assaulting her asked about money that was stolen from a drug dealer in southern Colorado. Evensen said she had no involvement in that, according to court documents.

Evensen said she ran away from her attackers and spent the night outside partially stripped naked, according to court documents.

She flagged down a driver the next morning who took her to a sheriff's office substation.

Stansbury, Watts, Montoya and Harriott were charged with first-degree kidnapping, conspiracy to commit kidnapping and armed robbery, which are second-degree felonies, and conspiracy to commit armed robbery, aggravated battery and tampering with evidence, which are third-degree felonies.

Stalter said in court on Monday that Evensen's cooperation with law enforcement "was marginal at best." He said she is currently incarcerated in Colorado, which was a factor in Stansbury's plea deal.

"The evidence we are able to present always plays a role in what type of plea we offer," Chief Deputy District Attorney Dustin O'Brien. "Based on the amount of time she is expected to serve, it's a reasonable offer."

District Judge John Dean ordered that Stansbury be evaluated by the Department of Corrections before she is sentenced.

The evaluations, which can take two months, try to determine a person's likelihood of re-offending and tell judges what types of treatment the person should receive when they are incarcerated.

The district attorney's office declined to discuss specifics about Harriott's plea deal because of Watts' and Montoya's pending cases.

Montoya is also awaiting trial on a conspiracy charge for his alleged involvement in Anthony Jacquez's homicide.

Jacquez, 32, was shot and killed in May and his body was found near a mountain biking trail north of Flora Vista. Montoya was accused of helping get rid of evidence.

Gabriel Alcon has been charged with Jacquez's murder.

San Juan County Sheriff's Office Lt. Cory Tanner said Montoya is the only link between Evensen's kidnapping and Jacquez's slaying.

Ryan Boetel may be reached at; 505-564-4644. Follow him on Twitter @robetel.