- Associated Press - Friday, December 18, 2015

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A New Mexico lawmaker and retired police officer has pre-filed two pieces of tough-on-crime legislation ahead of next month’s 30-day legislative session.

Rep. Paul Pacheco, an Albuquerque Republican, filed proposed legislation Friday that would require mandatory-minimum sentences for criminals convicted of serious violent felonies.

The filing came a day after Pacheco pre-filed legislation to expand the scope of New Mexico’s “three strikes” law, which calls for defendants with three or more violent felony convictions to face life sentences.

Pacheco has criticized the current law as being too narrow.

He says his proposal would add crimes to the list of violent felonies under the three strikes law.

His proposal for mandatory-minimum sentencing would bar judges from suspending or deferring more than 15 percent of a sentence for defendants convicted of voluntary manslaughter and several other violent offenses.

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