Magistrate Court Briefs From April 27 Docket


Gregory Cayton, 37, of Los Alamos was given a suspended sentence Friday of 364 days and placed on supervised probation for 364 days on a charge of battery of a household member. He was arrested March 16 after Los Alamos Police Cpl. Emmanuel Rodriguez responded to a report of a domestic dispute at a Beryl Street address in White Rock.

Deputy District Attorney Kent Wahlquist told Magistrate Judge Pat Casados that Cayton does not have any prior convictions and that neither he nor the victim had a problem with Cayton being granted probation. Wahlquist said he was fine with Cayton receiving an early discharge from supervised probation as long as he had completed the mandatory 52 weeks domestic violence program.

Wahlquist said the victim recommended that alcohol screening and treatment because she said when Cayton drinks there are a lot of issues.

Rebecca Eaton entered into a plea agreement to plead guilty to first offense driving under the influence. She received a suspended sentence of 90 days and placed on 364 days of supervised probation with no fine.

Wahlquist agreed to drop the aggravated part of the charge as well as the open container charge and the failure to stop upon striking an unattended vehicle. Eaton was ordered to perform 24 hours of community service and have an interlock system on her vehicle for one year. Eaton also was ordered to participate in mandatory alcohol screening and treatment.

A warrant was issued for the arrest of Samuel Herrera, 30, of Santa Fe on eight charges of forgery, one charge of larceny over $500 and two charges of unlawful use of a credit card. An arrest warrant was issued for Herrera in November and he was arrested by New Mexico State Police.

Herrera had his first appearance March 24 before Magistrate Judge Joseph Madrid placed him on 20 percent of a $25,000 cash bond. Herrera appeared before Judge Casados April 11 and she agreed to release him on an unsecured appearance bond. A preliminary hearing was set for Friday, but Herrera failed to appear.

A warrant was issued for Joshua Sandoval, 36, of San Juan Pueblo for failure to appear. Sandoval was arrested March 18 and charged with shoplifting at Smith’s Marketplace. He is accused of stealing 45 items valued at $770. Upon his arrest, he was found to have two outstanding warrants from other jurisdictions.

A warrant was issued for Lisa Chavez, 23, of San Juan Pueblo for failure to appear for a preliminary hearing on charges of bringing contraband into a jail and tampering with evidence. The contraband in question was Suboxone, which was discovered by Los Alamos Detention Center staff in an internal body cavity during a strip search at the Los Alamos Detention Center.

Eli Garcia pleaded guilty/no contest to two shoplifting charges and received two consecutive suspended sentences of 364 days. He was placed on supervised probation for a year and ordered to pay $1,537.70 to Smith’s Marketplace.

Thomas Kluegel’s case was transferred to First Judicial District Court because an issue was raised as to his mental competency to stand trial on a charge of failure to comply with sex offender’s duty to register.

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