Ex-mayor of Columbus, NM town out from prison early

There are 10 comments on the Dec 12, 2013, Las Cruces Sun-News story titled Ex-mayor of Columbus, NM town out from prison early. In it, Las Cruces Sun-News reports that:

The former mayor of a New Mexico border town has been released after serving part of his sentence for his role in a smuggling ring that shipped 200 guns to Mexican drug cartels.

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Jackie

United States

#1 Dec 13, 2013
What a out rage on our Judicial system,this person should have served every minute of his sentence! Their is something very wrong about this, O well our border agents won’t mind being shot at with them guns

“US Navy”

Since: Jan 10

Location hidden

#2 Dec 13, 2013
<conservative view> incarcerate them all!

<liberal whine> but it costs too much to incarcerate criminals.

<public view> take away the amenities and the costs will significantly decrease. To h*ll with rehab.

<my view> put most of them into tent cities, then the costs go WAY down!
a guest worker

Deming, NM

#3 Dec 13, 2013
Jackie wrote:
What a out rage on our Judicial system,this person should have served every minute of his sentence! Their is something very wrong about this, O well our border agents won’t mind being shot at with them guns
"Their is something very wrong "
with your spelling!
Luna county

Las Cruces, NM

#5 Dec 18, 2013
This guy gets out for being good while in jail? Perhaps the Sheriff Has a new job for him.

Jackie

United States

#6 Dec 31, 2013
Good one Corn Dog, I have no use for anyone one who lie steal and cheat! But for some dam reason they keep getting away with it. So if I have this right, we can work for the people of this country, get rich and get a retirement paid for by the people and all I have to do is go to jail for a few years,where do I sign up at? Must be something wrong with this picture, but we as the people of this country are suppose to understand this! So I think what we are all learning is that crime pays for big time! Cheat anyone you can,and you won’t have any consequences to worry about, No wonder all my guns are loaded…

“26.2”

Since: Feb 08

Santa Fe, NM

#7 Dec 31, 2013
The feds are supposedly launching a crackdown on local corruption in NM so it will be interesting to see how many fish their net brings up.

To all of you politicians who are practicing corruption, or who have corrupt skeletons in your closets, I hope to see you on TV being led away from your office in handcuffs.

Since: May 11

Location hidden

#8 Jan 1, 2014
I thought I read he will still receive his tax payer funded "pension". Anyone know if that is true? Seems to me that committing crimes like that while in office should void any benefits. Why is he out of prison already anyway? Did he inform on co-conspirators or was there a financial incentive paid to encourage leniency?
Col Hermann Scheisskopf

Columbus, NM

#9 Jan 1, 2014
Mimbres Yacht Club wrote:
I thought I read he will still receive his tax payer funded "pension". Anyone know if that is true? Seems to me that committing crimes like that while in office should void any benefits. Why is he out of prison already anyway? Did he inform on co-conspirators or was there a financial incentive paid to encourage leniency?
My understanding is that pension rules have already been changed, as regards awarding future pensions to those caught being naughty. However, the pension in this case apparently was earned before this change in rules, and having been earned, cannot now be denied.

A pension is not tax payer funded, if a person funds all or most of it himself from payroll withholding, plus interest over time.

Since: May 11

Location hidden

#10 Jan 2, 2014
Col Hermann Scheisskopf wrote:
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My understanding is that pension rules have already been changed, as regards awarding future pensions to those caught being naughty. However, the pension in this case apparently was earned before this change in rules, and having been earned, cannot now be denied.
A pension is not tax payer funded, if a person funds all or most of it himself from payroll withholding, plus interest over time.
Ok, I see. Thank you.
Not

Albuquerque, NM

#11 Jan 2, 2014
Col Hermann Scheisskopf wrote:
<quoted text>
A pension is not tax payer funded, if a person funds all or most of it himself from payroll withholding, plus interest over time.
necessarily true for the state of new mexico or a county or municipality here.

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