Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that the New Mexico Court of Appeals upheld the convictions of Joseph Blea in agreement with the Office of the Attorney General. Balderas also successfully defended Katie’s Law, which is critical to holding the most dangerous sexual predators accountable. Joseph Blea was convicted of first degree criminal sexual penetration (CSP) and first degree kidnapping involving four separate victims, one a 13-year-old girl. At the time of the crimes, which occurred in 1988, 1990, and 1993, the victims were unable to identify their attackers. The crimes went unsolved until 2010 when Defendant’s DNA was matched to the DNA evidence collected in these cases.