- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 3, 2019

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - A New Mexico lawman convicted of abusing a driver in a bizarre, off-duty traffic stop is hoping a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling may lead to an early release.

The Albuquerque Journal reports a new lawyer for former Rio Arriba County Sheriff Tommy Rodella is planning to argue that a June decision applies to the lawman’s case and he should be released immediately.

The Supreme Court, in a 5-4 vote on an unrelated robbery case out of Texas, struck down a firearms statute that added seven years to Rodella’s prison sentence.


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In January 2015, Rodella was sentenced to 10 years and one month behind bars for convictions on two federal counts related to a road rage episode.

He’s serving time at a federal prison in Seagoville, Texas.



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

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