The New Mexico man accused of masterminding a sequence of shootings at Democratic officers’ properties in December and January was denied bond on Monday.
State District Decide David Murphy agreed with prosecutors that 39-year-old Solomon Peña, a failed Republican candidate for New Mexico statehouse, is just too harmful to be let loose of jail and ordered him to be held in custody pending trial.
Peña is going through a number of counts, together with taking pictures at a dwelling, aggravated battery with a lethal weapon, and possession of a firearm by a felon.
Prosecutors described Peña because the “ringleader” of the group that shot on the properties of Democratic lawmakers in Albuquerque. He allegedly paid $500 to 4 males and went alongside for the ultimate drive-by, in line with police. Nobody was injured within the shootings.
The shootings started on Dec. 4, 2022, a few month after he acquired simply 26% of the vote within the race for New Mexico Home District 14. The ultimate taking pictures occurred round midnight on Jan. 3 on the dwelling of state Sen. Linda Lopez, who stated that a number of bullets handed via her 10-year-old daughter’s bed room.
Peña was beforehand incarcerated for 9 years after being arrested as a part of a housebreaking crew in April 2007.
His protection lawyer argued in court docket on Monday that he had turned his life round after getting out of jail and that no DNA proof had linked him to the weapons seized through the investigation.
Police are additionally investigating whether or not donations made to Peña’s marketing campaign have been generated partially via drug trafficking.