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Prison awaits former New Mexico state senator

March 1, 2018

FILE - In this Nov. 14, 2017, file photo, former New Mexico state Sen. Phil Griego testifies at his own trial on corruption charges in Santa Fe, N.M. Democrat Griego will soon learn whether he will spend time behind bars for fraud, bribery and other convictions. A sentencing hearing for Griego is scheduled Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, in Santa Fe. (AP Photo/Morgan Lee, File)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Former New Mexico state Sen. Phil Griego has been ordered to turn himself over to state corrections officials no later than March 9 to enter prison.

A court order was filed on Wednesday that sets a deadline for Griego to begin serving 18 months with the state Department of Corrections.

Griego has been convicted by a jury of fraud, bribery and other charges stemming from allegations that he misused his position to profit from a real estate deal.

State District Court Judge Brett Loveless last month waived all but 18 months of a 12-year sentence. Upon release, Griego will serve five years of supervised probation. He has been fined $47,225.

A defense attorney has asked the judge to submit a recommendation that Griego not live among the general prison population.

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