Ex-New Mexico senator pleads guilty to embezzlement, perjury

Published 08-20-2018

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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - A former New Mexico state senator who's already serving a prison sentence for public corruption convictions has pleaded guilty to two felony counts each of embezzlement and perjury.

State prosecutors say Phil Griego entered the pleas Monday to avoid another trial.

Griego was sentenced to an additional year of prison, to be served consecutive to his current sentence.

He began serving an 18-month prison term in March after being convicted by a jury of fraud, bribery and other charges stemming from allegations that he misused his position to profit from a real estate deal.

A judge waived all but 18 months of a 12-year sentence.

The 70-year-old Griego is currently incarcerated at a state prison in Los Lunas that has special units for elderly inmates and those in poor health.

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