Judge tightens release rules for man in shovel beating case
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A judge is tightening release conditions for a man seen attending a baseball game while awaiting sentencing in the 2008 beating of an Albuquerque teenager with a shovel.
Justin Hansen obtained permission from court officials for the outing but prosecutors argued that it was contrary to the spirit of a release order.
The Albuquerque Journal reports that District Judge Cindy Leos on Wednesday temporarily prohibited Hansen from leaving home for recreational activities while awaiting his sentencing.
Hansen pleaded no contest to attempted murder and aggravated burglary, and prosecutors say he faces up to 18 years in prison when sentenced July 25.
Hansen was linked to the beating of by DNA evidence.
Prosecutors asked for clarification of Hansen’s release conditions after the victim’s sister spotted him at a weekend baseball game.
Information from: Albuquerque Journal, http://www.abqjournal.com