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The Latest: Perjury plea adds prison time for ex-politician

August 21, 2018
Phil Griego

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. Griego, who is already serving a jail term for public corruption convictions, is scheduled to appear in court Monday, Aug 20, 2018, on separate charges dealing with spending from his campaign account. (AP Photo/Morgan Lee, File)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on a plea agreement by former New Mexico state Sen. Phil Griego (all times local):

5:40 p.m.

New Mexico’s attorney general says former state Sen. Phil Griego has pleaded guilty to felony charges of perjury and embezzlement in connection with the misspending and false reporting of campaign account funds.

Attorney General Hector Balderas announced Monday that Griego was sentenced to an additional year of incarceration based on two felony counts of perjury and two felony counts of embezzlement.

Defense attorney Thomas Clark says Griego is likely to spend an additional six months in prison based on the new sentence with consideration for good behavior.

Griego already is serving an 18-month sentence on fraud, bribery and felony ethical violations stemming from allegations that used his position as a lawmaker to profit from the sale of a state-owned building.

Griego wore an orange prison uniform to a court hearing in Albuquerque and asked a state judge for leniency.

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8:30 a.m.

A former New Mexico state senator who is already serving a jail term for public corruption convictions is scheduled to appear in court Monday on separate charges dealing with spending from his campaign account.

Phil Griego is expected to enter a plea to perjury and other charges after reaching an agreement with prosecutors.

If approved, a state district judge will have to decide how much of an additional sentence should be imposed.

Under the terms, Griego would avoid another trial and would face a maximum of 18 months of additional prison time. Griego could have that cut in half under “good time” incentives.

The 70-year-old Griego is currently incarcerated at a state prison in Los Lunas that has special units for elderly inmates and those in poor health.

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