Piedra gets 5 1/2 years

There are 44 comments on the Alamogordo Daily News story from Mar 17, 2011, titled Piedra gets 5 1/2 years. In it, Alamogordo Daily News reports that:

Abraham Piedra, left, confers with his attorney Mario Torrez before a sentencing hearing Thursday morning in District Judge Jerry Ritter's courtroom.

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True American Patriot

Albuquerque, NM

#1 Mar 18, 2011
When I first read this article I thought 5yrs was pretty stiff for a heroin addict, but knowing addicts will do anything to get a fix, I looked at his rap sheet in the court website. Wow has he been busy for the last decade! Glad he is off the streets for awhile. Probably a year with good behavior. Why do criminals get so many chances???
WARRIOR

Washington, DC

#2 Mar 18, 2011
Any other lawyer would have got him probation. He was unlucky in getting one of the most money hungry lawyers around!
wow

Santa Fe, NM

#3 Mar 18, 2011
Warrior, you have no clue what you are talking about!!!! Mr. Torrez is by far one of the best defense attorneys in Otero county and definately one of the least money hungry! I have seen him counsel many people for litte or no cost at all. Do you even know what a public defender is paid and the caseload that they are required to carry; didn't think so! It is peanuts compared to what the private attorneys would charge. I think that you should do your research before you open your mouth to talk trash about things you know nothing about!!!!!!! Mr. Torrez I commend you for all you do and wish you nothing but the best.
Wtf

Albuquerque, NM

#4 Mar 18, 2011
If you have a heroin addict using methadone to control his addiction, you cannot just dump him/her off the program and expect them to be fine. Methadone works for many people, but it is a long-term solution. In some ways, it is as addictive, if not more so, than heroin itself. If a person on a methadone program is not provided with a proper tapering schedule and a way to come off of the methadone as part of his/her program, it's pointless. You dump them off the methadone, it's just like they're coming off heroin cold turkey.

The handling of addiction in this country is not terribly effective, at least not in the Tularosa Basin. You can help folks all you want, but if you do not do it properly, with an eye toward permanent solutions that will allow the addict to re-enter society as a useful member, you're doing nothing but setting him/her up for failure.

I am VERY anti-drug. I've seen what it does to families and communities. But I also understand just how terrible heroin addiction can be and how badly it can damage those who suffer from it.

I don't know how long this guy was on methadone therapy. But if he had only been on it for a short time, for them to close the clinic and leave him hanging, that's just cruel and wrong. Since I'm sure we don't have the whole story, I'm well aware there may be information out there I'm not privy to. And if that's the case, I apologize to those involved.

But I believe we need to get a better system in Otero County for resolution of addiction and those who seek to remove themselves from the lifestyle. And we can't do that when we put folks on a program and then close the program and leave them with no way to continue the work they've begun.

Of course, it'd help if we found a way to completely obliterate drug fields, processing centers and dealers...*sigh* THAT particular fantasy i'll keep to myself. Suffice it to say, those who are responsible for messing up the people I love and getting them involved inthat world... they should be on their knees everyday thanking God for NOT smiting them into smears upon the pavement as I have asked for many years.....:) Good luck to this man's family and friends. And if he is serious about beating heroin, good luck to him too.
real thing

High Rolls Mountain Park, NM

#5 Mar 18, 2011
wow wrote:
Warrior, you have no clue what you are talking about!!!! Mr. Torrez is by far one of the best defense attorneys in Otero county ....
Wow, I agree with you. Nice to see someone else knows that it is Mario TORREZ, no "s" on the end.
hey hey hey

La Luz, NM

#6 Mar 18, 2011
When Mr. Piedra is released from detention and comes back to Alamogordo, he's going to have a very difficult time reintegrating into the community and staying off drugs because he will not be able to get a job. Or rent a place to live. Everywhere he goes, he'll be told if anything comes back on his background check, he will not be hired or they will not rent to him. You can't even be a dishwasher at a truck stop if anything comes back on your background check. I believe if the probation and parole department worked with local businesses, asking them to hire convicted felons, many more ex-cons would have more success at becoming responsible citizens. Rather than throw someone back in prison, we should offer grants and assistance to businesses who are willing to employ and work with felons. Once a felon, always a felon in this town. If they can't get a job, or a place to live, too many times they resort to previous activity to support themselves and their families.
whut

San Diego, CA

#7 Mar 18, 2011
I'm confused by this article. At first it says he's sentenced to 5.5 years, but then says he will be on unsupervised probation for 6 months? Which is it?

“Our nearest star”

Since: May 09

Alamogordo, NM

#8 Mar 18, 2011
whut wrote:
I'm confused by this article. At first it says he's sentenced to 5.5 years, but then says he will be on unsupervised probation for 6 months? Which is it?
..."Under a plea agreement with the state, Piedra was sentenced to 5 1/2 years in prison for two counts of fourth-degree felon possession of a controlled substance (heroin) and possession of a firearm by a felon.

Piedra will have to be placed on unsupervised probation for six months and pay a $100 DNA fee, a $75 laboratory fee and a $5 domestic violence fee after he completes his prison sentence."

AFTER he completes his prison sentence
Lost angel

Alamogordo, NM

#9 Mar 18, 2011
I very much agree with you, I myself have a record and yes it is very difficult to get going again once you have a mark in your record. Businesses should be offered something if they are willing to help a person out. As for Abraham....I say he has alot if support from his mother and she has never left his side! She deserves a medal because not to many mothers do that anymore. I hope he has luck and is able to turn around from this.
hey hey hey wrote:
When Mr. Piedra is released from detention and comes back to Alamogordo, he's going to have a very difficult time reintegrating into the community and staying off drugs because he will not be able to get a job. Or rent a place to live. Everywhere he goes, he'll be told if anything comes back on his background check, he will not be hired or they will not rent to him. You can't even be a dishwasher at a truck stop if anything comes back on your background check. I believe if the probation and parole department worked with local businesses, asking them to hire convicted felons, many more ex-cons would have more success at becoming responsible citizens. Rather than throw someone back in prison, we should offer grants and assistance to businesses who are willing to employ and work with felons. Once a felon, always a felon in this town. If they can't get a job, or a place to live, too many times they resort to previous activity to support themselves and their families.
blue max

Rio Rancho, NM

#10 Mar 18, 2011
wow wrote:
Warrior, you have no clue what you are talking about!!!! Mr. Torrez is by far one of the best defense attorneys in Otero county and definately one of the least money hungry! I have seen him counsel many people for litte or no cost at all. Do you even know what a public defender is paid and the caseload that they are required to carry; didn't think so! It is peanuts compared to what the private attorneys would charge. I think that you should do your research before you open your mouth to talk trash about things you know nothing about!!!!!!! Mr. Torrez I commend you for all you do and wish you nothing but the best.
Do You Know The Difference Between A dead Skunk in the middle of the road and a dead lawyer in the middle of the road? no skid marks in front of the lawyer!!!
Class of 2000

Rio Rancho, NM

#11 Mar 18, 2011
I have known Abraham from grade school to present. He is a nice and respectful person, smart and always willing to give a hand to anyone that needed it. And a very good artist!!! He loves his family so much, especially his children. He was on methadone hoping that when the doors closed in Don Ana that he would survive and stay clean without it. He and his mother are very close, She never gave up on him and never will. This family, Is the family, I wish I had. The mother that anyone could reach out to and she is there for you as well, to help and advise you in the right direction. I wish all the family, the best. Your a good mom Ms. Piedra.
ol woman

Alamogordo, NM

#12 Mar 18, 2011
Wow, dropping a methadone program right in the middle of treatment, sounds criminal to me, like going backwards. How sad. It should be public record of how many people are life long prescribers to valium. An elderly woman that was put on valium in the 60's is now on methadone and would die if they took her off of it. Because she was a housewife addict with a doctors prescription, she never had to be arrested, lose her job, etc. so she's still an upright citizen of the community with no record. If they would of discontinued her drug, I guarantee she would of broke laws to keep getting valium. I don't think there are too many old heroin addicts, but I do know a lot of clean addicts that survived thru NA and it's free, go figure. Hopefully, he'll go that route in Jail. Best of luck to the family...
Proud US Citizen

Los Lunas, NM

#13 Mar 18, 2011
wow wrote:
Warrior, you have no clue what you are talking about!!!! Mr. Torrez is by far one of the best defense attorneys in Otero county and definately one of the least money hungry! I have seen him counsel many people for litte or no cost at all. Do you even know what a public defender is paid and the caseload that they are required to carry; didn't think so! It is peanuts compared to what the private attorneys would charge. I think that you should do your research before you open your mouth to talk trash about things you know nothing about!!!!!!! Mr. Torrez I commend you for all you do and wish you nothing but the best.
Please. Him and his wife are both the most money hungry people there are. But you probably are the wife posting for him. Nice try.
Dale

Alamogordo, NM

#14 Mar 18, 2011
Not right to give him prison time.
If we put all the drug addicts in prison, half the population would be there.
Class of 2000

Rio Rancho, NM

#15 Mar 18, 2011
He and his wife are divorcing. Talk about money hungry people. Everything his wife has it's money she has taken from someone or someone's. He has nothing.

“Pro-Constitution , Anti-Obama!”

Since: May 10

Capitan, NM

#16 Mar 18, 2011
hey hey hey wrote:
When Mr. Piedra is released from detention and comes back to Alamogordo, he's going to have a very difficult time reintegrating into the community and staying off drugs because he will not be able to get a job. Or rent a place to live. Everywhere he goes, he'll be told if anything comes back on his background check, he will not be hired or they will not rent to him. You can't even be a dishwasher at a truck stop if anything comes back on your background check. I believe if the probation and parole department worked with local businesses, asking them to hire convicted felons, many more ex-cons would have more success at becoming responsible citizens. Rather than throw someone back in prison, we should offer grants and assistance to businesses who are willing to employ and work with felons. Once a felon, always a felon in this town. If they can't get a job, or a place to live, too many times they resort to previous activity to support themselves and their families.
Who cares if he cant find a job? It his own fault! He chose addiction and prison!

“Pro-Constitution , Anti-Obama!”

Since: May 10

Capitan, NM

#17 Mar 18, 2011
Dale wrote:
Not right to give him prison time.
If we put all the drug addicts in prison, half the population would be there.
And I guess you propose rehab. Now thats a waste of time. He obviously doesnt want to clean up or he would have already! He needs to be shot (my personal opinion) trash like this doesnt deserve to be breathing.
MAMA

Alamogordo, NM

#18 Mar 18, 2011
Lost angel wrote:
I very much agree with you, I myself have a record and yes it is very difficult to get going again once you have a mark in your record. Businesses should be offered something if they are willing to help a person out. As for Abraham....I say he has alot if support from his mother and she has never left his side! She deserves a medal because not to many mothers do that anymore. I hope he has luck and is able to turn around from this. <quoted text>
this young man should be sent to a treatment center.in jail you can get all the drug you need.so sad.

Since: Jan 11

New Paltz, NY

#19 Mar 18, 2011
Abraham does have a wonderful mother. So I am not sure what excuse he has for his rap sheet and drug use. It is his fault that he is going to jail. Unfortunately unless he moves away he doesn't have a chance. When they choose this road its either death or jail. May his family feel hope and his children don't end up like him. As for Mr Torrez i grew up with them on the same street. I might be able to tell what i think of him. But i cant, he was always so stuck up and thought he was too good to say hi.
gimmeabreak

El Paso, TX

#20 Mar 18, 2011
Chaos Undercover wrote:
<quoted text>
And I guess you propose rehab. Now thats a waste of time. He obviously doesnt want to clean up or he would have already! He needs to be shot (my personal opinion) trash like this doesnt deserve to be breathing.
You will be judged by God in the same manner you judged others here on earth.

That is why I won't call you and idiot, because I don;t want God to judge me as a idoit.

Have a nice day.

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