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Former New Mexico political candidate indicted over shootings targeting elected officials

by Derek Andrews
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A federal grand jury indicted former New Mexico Home candidate Solomon Peña for his alleged involvement in shootings from December 2022 to January 2023 which focused 4 elected officers’ houses in paperwork unsealed Wednesday.

The indictment from the US District Courtroom for the District of New Mexico incorporates 11 counts together with conspiracy, utilizing a firearm throughout a criminal offense of violence, possession with intent to distribute fentanyl and utilizing a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking. The grand jury additionally alleged Demetrio Trujillo and Jose Louise Trujillo knowingly and willfully assisted Peña within the shootings. The 4 victims are a member of the New Mexico State Senate, the New Mexico Speaker of the Home and two members of the Bernalillo County Board of Commissioners, which is the group that licensed Peña’s election outcomes.

The indictment contains an alleged textual content message from Peña a month after he misplaced his election, stating, “We are able to’t simply sit round being indignant. We have now to behave. I’m persevering with my research of election rigging. The enemy will finally break, as a result of they’re committing intentional wrongs, and all people finally make errors.”

Peña made nationwide headlines in the course of the November 2022 common elections, claiming his election was rigged. Peña misplaced the election for New Mexico’s Home District 14 to Miguel P. Garcia, his Democratic opponent, by virtually 50 percentage points.

Source / Picture: jurist.org

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