LANL employee is given probation

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Courts > Maestas charged with making threats following failed drug test

By Tris DeRoma

A 51-year old Los Alamos National Laboratory employee was sentenced this week for assaulting another employee, as well as for threatening others in an incident that happened last month.
According to court documents, the man, Leroy Maestas, from Abiquiu, was allegedly upset over the results of a drug test he’d taken where he’d allegedly tested positive for cocaine.
He was on his way to LANL’s security office to meet with his supervisors over the matter.
When Maestas tried to walk out of the meeting, another employee attempted to stop him. Maestas pushed him into a wall and started threatening people.
“Get me out of here! Get me out of here now or I’m going to kill/hurt somebody!” Maestas allegedly said.
The same employee that Maestas assaulted also gave him a ride off the LANL campus after the encounter.
In the car, Maestas made more threats toward the supervisors, saying “I don’t know where they live, but I will find them,” according to police reports.
Maestas was later charged with battery and assault (unlawful acts, threats or conduct).
In magistrate court Tuesday, Maestas was sentenced for simple assault. The charge of battery was dismissed.
Maestas was given six months of incarceration with 180 days suspended and six months of unsupervised probation.

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