Nguyen takes plea deal

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Crime > LAHS grad gets five years probation and avoids jail time

By Tris DeRoma

Aaron Nguyen, the former high school student who was arrested by police for a string of burglaries at several homes in his neighborhood earlier this year, accepted a plea agreement in Los Alamos First Judicial District Court Wednesday.

The plea agreement will not involve any jail time for Nguyen.

The agreement states it’s a conditional discharge that includes five years of supervised probation, which includes GPS-monitored supervision for the first year, counseling and paying restitution to his victims.

At the time of his arrest, he was charged with four counts of aggravated burglary, since he was armed when he entered the houses, one count of burglary, six counts of larceny of a firearm, one count of larceny over $2,500, and four counts of larceny (over $500 but less than $2,500). In all, Nguyen pleaded guilty to 16 counts.

During a prior hearing regarding his bond, it was revealed by Nguyen’s attorney, Steve Aarons, that during the time of the burglaries Nguyen was suffering from bipolar disorder as well as obsessive-compulsive disorder. At the time, Aarons said he hoped those circumstances would factor into Nguyen’s sentence.

“His condition does not affect his ability to know right from wrong,” Aarons said at the time of his cleint’s bond hearing, which took place in magistrate court in June.

“He definitely did something wrong. This is the kind of case where we hope he gets put on some type of probation and the charges are dismissed after he satisfies his term of probation.”