- 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.


TOP STORIES
Michael Bloomberg says his live-in girlfriend would be 'de facto first lady' if he wins election
College settles cheerleaders' anthem protest lawsuit for $145,000
Franklin Graham calls on nation to pray for Trump as impeachment effort gains speed


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.



___

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

Sign up for Daily Newsletters

Manage Newsletters

Copyright © 2019 The Washington Times, LLC.

Please read our comment policy before commenting.

 

Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide