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Ex-NM teacher pleads guilty to sex with student

April 28, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A former Albuquerque middle school teacher has pleaded guilty to having sex with a 13-year-old student in 2009. The Bernalillo County District Attorney’s Office says Kristy Sanchez-Trujillo entered a plea agreement Friday. She pleaded guilty to one count of criminal sexual penetration of a minor, two counts of criminal...

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Opening statements begin in NM death penalty case

April 28, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — An attorney for a man who could face the death penalty after being convicted of killing a sheriff’s deputy said Friday his client wasn’t there on the evening the officer was slain. Attorney Gary Mitchell told a jury in the...

AG: Sunland Park violated open meetings act

April 28, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SUNLAND PARK, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Attorney General Gary King says the city council of a troubled New Mexico border city violated the state’s opening meetings act when it appointed a new mayor. King said Thursday in a letter to Sunland Park that...

DA: No Albuquerque police shootings criminal

April 28, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — None of the 67 shootings by Albuquerque police in the past eight years merited criminal charges against an officer, Bernalillo County District Attorney Kari Brandenburg said in an interview. Brandenburg told the Albuquerque Journal...

Albuquerque fireman linked to burglaries arrested

April 28, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque firefighter who was linked to a burglary ring has been arrested on stolen property charges. Albuquerque police spokesman Officer Robert Gibbs said Friday that firefighter Anthony Pacheco was taken into custody on an...

Jury seated in Astorga death penalty case

April 27, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A jury has been seated and opening arguments are scheduled Friday in the death penalty trial of convicted deputy-killer Michael Astorga. The final members of the panel that will determine Astorga’s fate were seated Thursday in...

AF sergeant, wife indicted in child's death

April 27, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A U.S. Air Force sergeant and his wife have been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges related to the 2007 death of their infant daughter. The U.S. attorney’s office says 27-year-old John Zayas and 30-year-old Sophia...

Judge tosses civil verdict that cleared police

April 27, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A federal judge overturned a jury verdict that had cleared four Albuquerque police officers of excessive force claims involving the arrest of a drunken man who was subdued using stun guns, bean bag rounds and a police dog. U.S....

Ky. woman wins $63K at NM track on dime bet

April 27, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SUNLAND PARK, N.M. (AP) — A Kentucky woman has won $63,000 at a New Mexico track after placing an online bet with a dime. The El Paso Times reports (http://bit.ly/JZg4vu) the 72-year-old Julia Kring, of Frankfort, Ky., won the bet last week when she hit the...

Farmington man expected to plead in porn case

April 27, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — The former supervisor of Farmington’s probation and parole office is facing mandatory time in federal prison following a plea agreement with federal prosecutors. U.S. Attorney for Kenneth Gonzales says in a statement that...