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For the recently engaged couple, the judge’s order to stay away from each other was probably the worst punishment of all, so far.
Pending the upcoming trials for their crimes, a young couple accused of burglarizing at least six homes in Los Alamos will be forbidden to see or communicate with each other until their cases are resolved. And if they are found guilty, they probably won’t be seeing each other for a long time after that.
“You will avoid all contact with the alleged victims and anyone that might testify in this case,” said Magistrate Court Judge Pat Casados to suspect Marcos Vigil, who stood quietly by his attorney’s side as Casados read his conditions of release. “That includes Miss (Brandi) Merrifield (his fiancée). You can have no contact with her. You can’t send your cousin to send her cousin a message to get to her. Do you understand that? If I hear any inkling of ‘well, we got to talk,’ you’re in jail.
“As far as I’m concerned, your engagement is over, so you are going to have to propose to her again. Do you understand me?” Vigil sullenly replied, “yes your honor.” During Merrifield’s hearing, which came after Vigil’s, Casados said that as far as she was concerned, her engagement to Vigil was now “null and void.”
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