- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 30, 2014

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A northern New Mexico sheriff convicted of abusing a driver during a traffic stop that prosecutors called a fit of road rage reportedly won’t resign.

A jury last Friday convicted Rio Arriba (UH’-ree-buh) County Sheriff Thomas Rodella of pulling his gun on a driver and violating a 26-year-old man’s civil rights.

Rodella faces up to 17 years in prison when he’s sentenced Dec. 26 in Albuquerque.

The Albuquerque Journal reported Tuesday (https://bit.ly/1rCKuaS) that Rodella’s attorney has told county leaders the sheriff will not resign.

The County Commission is scheduled to meet in executive session Wednesday morning in Espanola.

Santa Fe District Attorney Angela Pacheco says Rio Arriba County “needs to have a duly qualified sheriff to ensure the protection of the public” and the commission needs to appoint a replacement.

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Information from: Albuquerque Journal, https://www.abqjournal.com


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