Killer to Be Set Free for Teens Murder
BY: ABQ RAW Staff
POSTED: 09/15/2023 @ 6:50PM
In a decision that has sparked outrage and raised questions about the criminal justice system, one of the killers of Jaydon Chavez Silver, whose tragic death captured national attention, is going to be released from prison soon. That convict is Dominic Conyers, who pleaded guilty to his role in Silver's murder in a 2015 drive-by shooting that left Silver dead.
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However, the decision has been met with fierce criticism from Jaydon's family and the wider community, who feel that justice has not been served.
Nicole Chavez, Jaydon's mom said she was shocked when a District Attorney employee told her Conyers was being released.
Jaydon Chavez Silver
"You've got to be kidding. And so I asked her, I said, wait a second. I said hold on like, just give me a second and let me write this down. What do you mean he's getting released? He has more time because he had initially got sentenced to 18 years and some of it was suspended, but it's only been six." - Nicole Chavez
We reached out to the DA's office for comment and they told us: "The timing is heartbreaking. The defendant was sentenced to 12 years in the Department of Corrections. It's up to the DOC to calculate his release".
There was some controversy on the release date being October 20th, 2023, which is the same date of Jaydon's birthday. When we asked about the timing of the release date a Department of Corrections spokeswoman said it was a "clerical error," and Conyers' date of release is October 30th, 2023.
"His projected release date has always been October 30th, 2023. Unfortunately, the email that was sent out to the DA’s office had a clerical error of a projected release date of October 20, 2023. For that, we sincerely apologize, and this is exactly why we have checks and balances in place - including a certified audit process. Again, we were never going to release him on the 20th."
Conyers was sentenced to 12 years in prison followed by five years of probation in 2017. His release means he only served a total of six years instead of the 12 he was sentenced to.