By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post
Former Los Alamos residents Aleah Stahl and Elijah Meason were back in First Judicial District Court Monday for arraignments before Judge T. Glenn Ellington on probation violations related to charges filed by New Mexico State University Police and Mesilla Marshal’s Office.
Stahl and Meason were each charged with three counts of receiving stolen property ($2,500 to $20,000), four counts of receiving stolen property over $500, three counts of receiving stolen property over $250 and one count of conspiracy to commit filed by the NMSU Police, according to reports from Department of Probation and Parole (DPP) officials. Details of the circumstances surrounding those charges were not immediately available.
The couple also faces two charges of resisting, evading or obstructing an officer following a May 1 traffic stop in Mesilla where officers reported observing a strong odor of burnt marijuana emitting from the vehicle. The report says the driver was arrested on an outstanding district court warrant for trafficking narcotics. Meason was arrested on outstanding warrants, cuffed and placed in a seated position in front of a patrol unit.
The report states that as the officer was trying to obtain identification from Stahl, Meason began running from the scene. While the officer pursued Meason, Stahl exited the vehicle and escaped on foot. Meason was apprehended shortly thereafter and Stahl was located May 4 at her residence where she fled out the back window. Officers observed her return to the residence a while later but she refused to exit and locked herself in a bathroom. Officers forced entry and found her hiding in the bathtub.
In addition, court records indicate Stahl was indicted by a grand jury May 18 on one count of unauthorized use of a credit card and one count of fraudulent signing of a credit card sales slip. Meason also appears to have an outstanding bench warrant from Espanola Magistrate Court for driving on a suspended license, no insurance and no registration.
DPP officials reported to the Court in March that Meason had failed to report with their office, failed to obtain permission to change residence and failed to pay probation costs and violated drug court conditions. They also reported to the Court that Stahl requested to have her probation transferred to Las Cruces last year but that the transfer was denied and Stahl failed to report to either DPP in either Espanola or Las Cruces.
Meason pleaded guilty last July to one count of unauthorized use or theft of the card of another and two counts of forgery. He was granted a conditional discharge, placed on three years of supervised probation and ordered to pay restitution of $839.58 to the victim. The sentence was the result of a global plea agreement reached with Assistant District Attorney Kent Wahlquist. Judge Ellington also allowed for Meason to be released from supervised probation as soon as he has completed Drug Court or an alternative program and paid restitution to the victim in full.
Meason was arrested in April by LAPD on forgery and fraud charges. He garnered two additional forgery charges and two more fraud charges all connected to the same victim after he allegedly took checks without her knowledge and used them to make purchases at Smith’s Marketplace and Metzger’s Do It Best Hardware Store. According to police and court records, Meason bought items from both businesses and shortly afterward returned the items for cash.
Stahl pleaded guilty in August to possession of a controlled substance and was sentenced to one year of supervised probation with inpatient treatment as approved by DPP. A second charge of shoplifting was dismissed under the plea agreement.
Status hearings in District Court on the probation violations have been set for June 18.