- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 14, 2016

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The Albuquerque mayor wants to see harsher penalties for intentionally setting fire to a municipal bosque.

The Albuquerque Journal reports (https://bit.ly/21kvpec ) that Mayor Richard Berry says current law allows no more than 90 days behind bars for burning down the Albuquerque bosque, while shoplifting $500 in groceries could result in 18 months.

The mayor said at a Monday news conference that he is seeking sponsorship for a bill that would make arson in a municipal bosque anywhere in the state a felony.

It is currently a felony to intentionally start a fire on state forestry land.

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

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