Los Alamos Magistrate Court Briefs

Staff Report:

Under the terms of a plea agreement reached by Assistant District Attorney Michael Nunez and Defense Attorney Tyr Loranger, Ashley Flores pleaded guilty March 23 to driving under the influence first offense and received a 90-day suspended sentence and one year of probation. Flores was originally charged with driving under the influence of intoxicating liquor and/or drugs, possession of a controlled substance (metamphetamine), and possession of drug paraphernalia. The other charges were dismissed under the plea agreement. Flores was arrested Dec. 13, 2016, after she reportedly struck a median on Diamond Drive.

Under another plea bargain March 23,  Brianna Dimick-Gonzales pleaded to possession of marijuana first offense, a petty misdemeanor and was received a 15-day suspended sentence, 15 days unsupervised probation, a $50 fine and $149 in court costs. She was arrested after police allegedly found marijuana in her car.
Also March 23, Ashley Fragua waived her preliminary hearing and was bound over to district court on charges of aggravated assault and battery against a family member.Preliminary hearings for Casandra Ruybal and Krista Wilhelm were continued as were a pre-trial hearing for Timothy Trombetto and a final pre-trial hearing for Garrett Katcher.

On March 23, Mark T. Morrow had his first appearance on a charges of possession of a controlled substance, marijuana and once count of possession of drug paraphernalia. A search of his residence was completed with a search warrant in connection with the case against Nichole Marsh, one of seven people arrested during Operation Spring Cleaning, a drug sweep by Los Alamos Police Department March 20. Prior to the search Morrow signed a Miranda Warning waiver and was asked by Det. Ryan Wolking if he possessed anything illegal in the home. Morrow allegedly told Wolking he had a marijuana pipe and a small baggie of marijuana which were recovered by Wolking.

On March 27, Samuel Newell had his first appearance on charges of possession of a controlled substance  marijuana, possession of a controlled substance  Suboxone, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Conner Winburn also had his first appearance on a charge of Suboxone, a controlled substance. The two were arrested after police noticed a vehicle about 100 feet off the roadway on a dead-end trail off West Road  and approached it to conduct a welfare check. After allegedly smelling marijuana in the vehicle, the officer asked for consent to search the vehicle and found a homemade smoking pipe, digital scales with marijuana residue on them and .3 grams of marijuana. Both men admitted to having two Suboxone strips each on their person.

March 28, Danielle Padilla pleaded guilty to driving on a suspended license. She was sentenced to 364 days in county jail with five days of credit for time served, with 354 days suspended sentence leaving five days to serve. She will serve 365 days  supervised probation and pay $131 in fees. 
Also March 28, Brandon Kennard pleaded guilty to violation of a restraining order prohibiting domestic violence. He was sentenced to 180 days unsupervised probation and $123 in fees.

Adrian Taylor was in court March 28 for a first appearance on a charge of DWI.​