Charges against former Luna warden dismissed
Posted at: 10/01/2012 10:34 AM
By: The Associated Press
DEMING, N.M. (AP) - Charges against a former Luna County Detention Center warden accused of improperly releasing inmates have been dismissed.
The Deming Headlight reports that 14 misdemeanor charges against John Krehbiel were dropped last week after a judge ruled that he did not violate state law.
The 51-year-old was charged with deliberately releasing prisoners without orders of release through the LCDC's "Recidivism Reduction Program," a multi-step program aimed at reducing future offenses.
A portion of the program allows for inmates to be released on furloughs. The alleged releases took place between July 2010 and April 2011.
But Sixth Judicial District Court Judge Daniel Viramontes says Krehbiel did release the inmates correctly under the program.
The decision comes after a 25-point motion for dismissal was filed in May by Krehbiel's attorney, Jim Foy.
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