Dec 1, 2022
ALBUQUERQUE— Today, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that two missing Indigenous persons were found safe in Albuquerque.
AG BALDERAS ANNOUNCES CONVICTION OF FORMER RIO ARRIBA COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPUTY WHO DEPLOYED TASER ON ESPANOLA SPECIAL-NEEDS STUDENT
Dec 1, 2022
TIERRA AMARILLA— Today, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that former Rio Arriba County Sheriff’s Deputy Jeremy Barnes pled guilty to one felony count of false imprisonment. As part of the plea agreement, Barnes must relinquish any law-enforcement certification and is not eligible to seek, obtain, or have employment in any law-enforcement position for the rest of his life. Sentencing has been set for January 5, 2022 where Barnes faces up to 18 months in prison.
ATTORNEY GENERAL BALDERAS ANNOUNCES $58.5 MILLION OPIOID SETTLEMENT WITH SMITH’S FOOD & DRUG PARENT, THE KROGER CO.
Dec 1, 2022
SANTA FE – Today, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that his office has resolved the opioid litigation against grocery and retail pharmacy giant Kroger Co., in a deal that will deliver nearly $60 million to the State and to local communities to fund opioid abatement efforts within the next 90 days.
Nov 29, 2022
SANTA FE—Today, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that he is filing a lawsuit against Philip Morris, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., and other tobacco companies for, among other claims, breach of contract, defrauding New Mexico taxpayers, and conspiracy. The complaint, filed in the First Judicial District Court, alleges that the tobacco companies have withheld a portion of their annual payments to New Mexico in bad faith and in breach of the 1998 Master Settlement Agreement (MSA).
AG BALDERAS AND FIFTH JUDICIAL DA LUCE ANNOUNCE FIRST-DEGREE MURDER CONVICTION AND SENTENCING OF CASTULO MICHAEL ARAGON
Nov 18, 2022
ALBUQUERQUE— Today, New Mexco Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that Castulo Michael Aragon was convicted by a jury for the first-degree murder of his wife, Maria Elena Aragon, as well as three counts of tampering with evidence in connection with her murder. Judge Jared Kallunki sentenced Aragon to life in prison plus nine years. Aragon will serve nine years in prison for the tampering charges, and then he must serve a minimum of 30 years before he is eligible for parole. In sentencing Aragon to the maximum sentence allowed by law, Judge Kallunki described the crime as a “painful, dehumanizing, and brutal” murder of an “angel”.
AG BALDERAS ANNOUNCES SIX YEAR PRISON SENTENCE FOR SEXUAL PREDATOR WHO MOLESTED HIS MINOR SISTER-IN-LAW AND POSSESSED CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
Nov 18, 2022
ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas announces that Conrado Castro was sentenced to 26 years with 20 years of the sentence suspended by Second Judicial District Court Judge Bruce Fox. Castro will serve six years in the Department of Corrections, and is obligated to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life. Castro sexually molested his 13-year-old sister-in-law on multiple occasions and was also downloading and collecting child pornography. He will serve an indeterminate amount of probation between 5-20 years upon release.
Nov 18, 2022
ALBUQUERQUE— Today, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas issued the following statement after the Northern New Mexico College (NNMC) Board of Regents unanimously voted to select him as their next college president. NNMC is a Hispanic and Native American-serving 4-year college focused on cultural sustainability, quality student learning and developing economically strong communities among diverse populations. It is this uniqueness of Northern’s communities of service that is deeply tied to the region, a fact that influences both the educational choices of their students and the ways in which NNMC serves them.
AG BALDERAS JOINS BIPARTISAN COALITION URGING THE FTC TO ACCOUNT FOR CONSUMER RISKS OF ONLINE SURVEILLANCE
Nov 17, 2022
ALBUQUERQUE – New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas today joined a bipartisan group of 33 attorneys general in calling on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to consider the consumer harms caused by the prevalence of commercial surveillance and data security practices when creating new rules to prevent misconduct and promote transparency and accountability around online data collection.
AG BALDERAS ANNOUNCES ALBUQUERQUE MAN SENTENCED TO 34 YEARS IN PRISON AFTER MANUFACTURING AND POSSESSING CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE MATERIAL
Nov 15, 2022
ALBUQUERQUE — Today, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that Bernalillo County Judge Joseph Montaño sentenced Pablo Griego to 34 years in prison followed by 5-20 years of indeterminate supervised sex offender probation. A Bernalillo County jury found Griego guilty of 30 counts related to his involvement with child sexual abuse material (CSAM). Griego had a prior criminal sexual penetration of a minor allegation from 2006.
Nov 14, 2022
ALBUQUERQUE – New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas today announced that New Mexico, along with 39 other attorneys general, has reached a $391.5 million multistate settlement with Google over its location tracking practices relating to Google Account settings. This is the largest multistate Attorney General privacy settlement in the history of the U.S. New Mexico will receive $5,273,494 from the settlement.