Convicted burglar Aaron Nguyen, 18, dodged some serious jail time this week when First Judicial District Court Judge Sheri Raphaelson ordered him instead to undergo supervised counseling at a mental health facility.
Nguyen, home for the Thanksgiving break from New Mexico State University, was arrested at Los Alamos High School for trespassing as well as receiving/transferring stolen property and tampering with evidence.
According to Nguyen’s lawyer, Santa Fe attorney Steve Aarons, the stolen property charge was a result of Nguyen having a camera on his person stolen during a rash of burglaries he committed earlier this year.
“He was doing well at school, came back for the long weekend and was visiting the courtyard of the high school with friends who hadn’t graduated yet and he really wasn’t supposed to be there,” Aarons said. “He just happened to have the camera on him.”
For those prior burglary offenses, Nguyen was sentenced in July of this year to five years of supervised probation by Los Alamos Magistrate Court Judge Pat Casados on the condition that if he violated his probation by committing another crime, he’d be facing 54 years in prison.