Man accused of threatening governor plans billboard against her
Posted at: 10/02/2012 9:56 PM
| Updated at: 10/02/2012 10:20 PM
By: Joe Vigil, KOB Eyewitness News 4
Photo: Not actual billboard
James Sanchez is in jail accused of threatening Governor Susana Martinez. But his cell bars haven't stopped him from taunting her.
Sanchez just sent a jailhouse letter to KOB Eyewitness News 4, saying he plans to put up a billboard between Santa Fe and Albuquerque that pokes fun at the governor. His drawing tells people to vote the governor in as dog catcher in Juarez, Mexico.
Sanchez previously mentioned he wants to politically destroy the governor. He recently told TV cameras that once he's through with the governor, she won't be able to get elected as dog catcher in Juarez.
Sanchez has been upset with the governor, and others, over what he said has been a lack of help to deal with cows roaming freely on roads around Valencia County.
Officials with Governor Martinez said Sanchez left threatening phone messages at her office. Governor Martinez told KOB that Sanchez threatened to kill her.
Sanchez goes on trial in about a week for phone intimidation charges. His attorney plans to ask prosecutors to give Sanchez probation instead of jail time, in exchange for Sanchez moving to Hawaii. Attorney Thomas Esquibel said Sanchez lived in Hawaii for years and did well with V.A. counseling there.
"He wants to go. He knows it's better for his own mental health to be out of this situation," Esquibel told KOB Tuesday.
In his recent letter, Sanchez denies that he threatened to kill the governor.