Man sentenced to prison for breaking into home, injuring homeowner

Chris Barreras

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The man convicted of breaking into a home and swinging a Samurai sword at the owner was sentenced Monday.

The victim says he awoke last September to find 27-year-old Chris Barreras standing over him. That’s when Barreras started swinging the swords at the victim, leaving him with slashes.

In court Monday, Barreras’ attorney argued he was suffering a schizophrenic episode at the time.

“I think he feels awful for what’s happened because as I said, it wasn’t personal. He was listening to the voices in his head, and it’s frustrating because the incident involved is extremely serious,” said attorney Erik Thorvald.

The judge sentenced Barreras to nine years in prison followed by five years probation. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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