Convicted burglar gets three years
A Socorro man facing 4-1/2 years for two separate counts of burglary (third-degree felonies) will spend the next three years behind bars after he was sentenced by District Judge Edmund H. “Ted” Kase III on Wednesday, May 12.
David Griego, 50, pleaded “no contest” to the burglary charges and told the court at sentencing, “I’m guilty of this. I don’t remember because I was drunk. It’s no excuse — but it’s my excuse.”
According to the criminal complaints, Griego was charged with one count of burglary (dwelling house, a third-degree felony) in June 2009 and two counts — burglary (dwelling house) and breaking and entering (a fourth-degree felony) in October 2009. However, the breaking and entering charge was later dismissed.
Griego’s attorney, Rosa Sanchez-Armijo of Socorro, addressed Kase saying her concern for her client was the amount of time he was facing.
“I’m asking if he could run concurrently for a total of three years,” Sanchez-Armijo asked Kase. “His plea allowed the victims not to come in and testify and saved the state money.”
Sanchez-Armijo went on to say except for these burglary incidences, the last case her client had was in 1988.
“He did serve quite a bit of time,” Sanchez-Armijo said of the prior convictions. “At the very least we’re asking the court to run (his sentences) concurrently.”
Griego did address the court to explain why he did what he did, and said that he lost his son in a car accident in July 2008, and he went into a deep depression.
“I wanted to blame somebody — I wanted to blame the Socorro Police Department,” Griego said. “I’m accused of these crimes and I did it. I know now it’s nobody’s fault. I understand that now. It was a tragedy.”
After consideration, Kase ordered concurrent sentences for Griego.
“He did save the state considerable expenses,” Kase said of the two trials that could have been conducted. “Today you fessed up and said you did it.”
In addition to serving time, Griego will have to make restitution for a lamp broken while burglarizing one home and will have to serve two years of probation after completing his sentence.
Griego did ask to go home to straighten things out before begins serving his sentence, but he was denied that request.
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