Abeyta earns two years of probation in District Court

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By Tris DeRoma

Andrew Abeyta, an Alcade resident who was convicted of several crimes in Los Alamos, was recently sentenced to two years’ probation and drug court, according to his attorney, Bill Snowden.
District Court Judge Sheri Raphaelson carried out the sentencing in the Rio Arriba County District Court.
Abeyta committed at least three crimes in Los Alamos County, including a burglary at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center and an armed confrontation in the Smith’s parking lot in December 2013.
According to a police report on the Smith’s incident, Abeyta got out of his car and pulled a .22 caliber pistol on a couple after their vehicles almost collided.
Abeyta was apparently entering the parking lot from Central Ave. as the couple was exiting. Apparently they almost collided with each other and an argument ensued.
The couple then sped off and called police, and Abeyta turned his car around and followed them in his car. When Abeyta drove by Sullivan Field on Diamond Drive where the couple parked, they were able to point him out to the police that responded to couple’s call.
That incident happened on Dec. 24. Then, on Christmas Day, while Abeyta was in police custody for the parking lot incident, another prisoner told police Abeyta was in possession of marijuana, which Abeyta tried to flush down the toilet when police confronted him about it.
During a magistrate court appearance on Feb. 12, Abeyta then allegedly said something threatening to the police present in the courtroom, which earned him a scathing lecture from Judge Pat Casados, in which he responded by rolling his eyes.
He changed his tune, though, when Casados said the police may bring more charges against him for the remark and that she may add to his punishment for his behavior in the courtroom.
“If I said anything,... it wasn’t intentionally meant to them…” Abeyta said to Casados at the hearing.
Charges for his crimes in Los Alamos County included two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, unlawful carrying of a deadly weapon, possession of a controlled substance (misdemeanor), criminal trespass, bringing contraband into a jail, tampering with evidence (felony), possession of a controlled substance, three counts of use or possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana or synthetic cannabinoids (one ounce or less) and a myriad number of burglary charges.
Abeyta was 19 at the time he committed the crimes. Given his age, drug addiction and that no one was physically hurt during his crimes, Snowden was able to secure the two years’ probation sentence, but on the condition he successfully completes a court-mandated drug treatment program.
“If he doesn’t complete the drug program, then he will be resentenced,” Snowden said.