Porter sentenced to probation

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Courts> WR man had been facing a slew of drug possession charges

By Tris DeRoma

Steven Porter, a White Rock resident who was looking at a hefty jail sentence back in August, was given conditional discharge and probation Wednesday by Judge Sheri Raphaelson in Los Alamos District Court.
In August, Porter was facing a slew of drug possession charges and one charge of attempt to escape from a GPS monitoring program he was placed on shortly after he posted bail for the drug possession charges.
There was also hearsay that Porter was behind acts of vandalism to his neighbor’s houses. However, a month later, when Porter appeared in district court, his defense attorney, Elden Pennington, made most of those charges go away, as well as dispel the vandalism rumors police were investigating.
“There’s been no threats, acts of violence or anything like that whatsoever to his community,” Pennington said during his September hearing, adding that though there was a “belief and an assumption” that Porter was behind the acts of vandalism, “the ongoing investigation has failed to link Mr. Porter to the alleged charges.”
Pennington also cited Porter’s ties to the community, his service in the first Gulf War and his family life.

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