- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 21, 2014

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A former New Mexico congressional candidate accused of stalking a political rival and slashing her tires has pleaded no contest to felony stalking.

KOB-TV reports (https://goo.gl/JSANjJ) that Gary Smith entered his plea in a New Mexico court Tuesday.

According to police, Smith slashed tires of two vehicles outside Janice Arnold-Jones‘ home in December 2012.

A lawsuit filed by Arnold-Jones‘ supporters resulted in Smith getting knocked off the GOP primary ballot in 2012. Arnold-Jones went on to be defeated in the general election.

In January, Smith was indicted for aggravated stalking or harassment, criminal damage to property and tampering with a motor vehicle.

Janice Arnold-Jones was not at Tuesday’s hearing. Smith was rescheduled for another sentence hearing in two weeks.

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Information from: KOB-TV, https://www.kob.com


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