The saga comes to an end: Jerome Block Jr. pleads guilty, will step down from the PRC

From Capitol Report New Mexico - Jerome Block Jr. accepted a plea bargain in Santa Fe District Court on Wednesday pleading guilty to two felonies and no contest to another stemming from scrapes he had with the law this summer and as part of the arrangement with the state’s Attorney General’s Office, Block will resign from the Public Regulation Commission within 10 days and promises never again run for public office. In addition, Block Jr. is expected back before District Judge Michael Vigil in about three to 10 days to plead guilty to three felony charges (embezzlement, violating the election code and conspiracy to violate the election code) stemming from his 2008 campaign that saw him elected to the PRC. Block faces up to four and a half years in prison but Judge Vigil said after the hearing that Block could conceivably spend no time in prison, provided he successfully goes through state-ordered drug treatment court. Block admitted two months ago he has an addiction to prescription drugs. Block did not say anything to reporters after Judge Vigil went over the terms of the plea agreement. The 34-year-old from EspaƱola could formally tender his resignation as early as tomorrow when the the PRC holds one of its twice-weekly public meetings. Read more


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