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Judge denies Phil Griego’s bid to delay prison sentence

SANTA FE — A state district court judge has denied former New Mexico state senator Phil Griego’s motion ... in the deal and ultimately pocketed a $50,000 commission as a real estate agent for the buyer.

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Success! — Manage subscriptions Sign up for our Newsletters ! 54° Share Judge denies Phil Griego’s bid to delay prison sentence By Dan Boyd / Journal Capitol Bureau Chief Wednesday, March 7th, 2018 at 6:40pm ...................................................................................................................................................................SANTA FE — A state district court judge has denied former New Mexico state senator Phil Griego’s motion to remain free pending an appeal of his conviction on public corruption charges.Today’s ruling by District Judge Brett Loveless means Griego will have to start serving his sentence by the close of business on Friday, barring a last-minute intervention by an appellate court.Last month, the judge sentenced Griego, who was convicted last fall of fraud, bribery and other public corruption charges, to 18 months in prison and more than $47,000 in fines. Former state SenPhil Griego(Journal file)Griego, 69, a Democrat who lives on a family ranch in rural San Miguel County, was also ordered to complete five years of supervised probation after his release from prison and to perform 1,000 hours of community service.However, his attorney said Griego could end up serving only nine months in prison under day-for-day “good time” incentivesHe also said it’s likely Griego will be incarcerated at the Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Los Lunas, which houses special units for elderly inmates and those in poor health.ADVERTISEMENTAttorney General Hector Balderas’ office prosecuted the case against Griego, and had initially asked the judge to impose a 10-year prison sentenceGriego’s attorney had requested probation and no prison time.Griego represented a sprawling Senate district for 18-plus years before resigning in 2015 under the cloud of an internal ethics investigation.The criminal charges against him stemmed from legislation authorizing the 2014 sale of a historic state-owned building near the state CapitolProsecutors argued Griego concealed his involvement in the deal and ultimately pocketed a $50,000 commission as a real estate agent for the buyer. Contact the writer. Share Tweet LinkedIn Email Print Subscribe ABQnews Seeker Suggested Stories: Lawyer asks for leniency in Griego sentencing – Feb 16, 2018 Ex-SenGriego gets 18 months, $47,000 in fines – Feb 16, 2018 Judge orders Phil Griego to report for sentence by March 9 – Feb 28, 2018 Former Senator Griego begins prison sentence – Mar 8, 2018 Advertisement Load comments Subscribe to the Journal for only $10. QUICK LINKS Home Search Weather Archives Puzzles Comics Newsletters Notifications CONTACT THE JOURNAL Staff directory Submit a news tip 505-823-3800 Send a letter to the editor Submit an obituary Advertise in the Journal SUBSCRIBER SERVICES Account services Subscribe to the Journal Recover password Register account 505-823-4400 Place a classified ad Privacy policy Contest Terms RELATED SITES & PARTNERS Journal Rewards News in Education Mountain View Telegraph Rio Rancho Observer Valencia News-Bulletin El Defensor Chieftain Kirtland AFB Nucleus

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