Gov. Richardson signed legislation late Wednesday repealing the death penalty in New Mexico.
Richardson made the decision, he said, after going to the state penitentiary, where he saw the death chamber and visited the maximum security unit where those sentenced to life without parole could be housed.
“My conclusion was those cells are something that may be worse than death,” he said. “I believe this is a just punishment.”
Los Alamos Police Chief Wayne Torpy discussed the governor’s decision during an interview this morning.