Local developer pleads guilty

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By Tris DeRoma

A local developer walked into Los Alamos Magistrate Court for his arraignment by himself Monday, and pleaded guilty to aggravated battery against a household member.

Without a lawyer and just a packet of papers in his hand, Stan Primak quietly answered a series of questions asked by Judge Pat Casados, before entering the guilty plea.

When asked why he decided not to fight the charges, Primak, 61, simply said, “I have no comment.”

The charges come from a domestic case filed on Jan. 4 in response to a police call in the 1300 block of 44th Street.

On that day, Primak was arrested and taken to the Los Alamos Detention Center. He was later released on a $3,000 surety bond.

Primak is a prominent developer in Los Alamos, and he’s also served on many local boards and committees in the past, including on the board of directors of Trinity Corp. and Los Alamos National Bank.

In 2008, he was the lead builder in a Habitat For Humanity House in Española.

Primak is due to be sentenced in Los Alamos Magistrate Court Feb. 5. He faces a maximum sentence of 364 days probation plus a $1,000 fine. No matter how the judge rules Feb. 5, Primak is ordered to enroll himself in a 52-week domestic violence treatment program.