BY MAIRE O’NEILL
A 29-year old Chimayo woman has been granted a conditional discharge in First Judicial District Court in a case involving the theft of four handguns and a camera from a Los Alamos home she was being paid to clean.
Nichole Borrego was interviewed May 22, 2018 by Los Alamos Police Det. Ryan Wolking and admitted to taking a Ruger 45, a 38 Special Colt revolver, a .38 Smith & Wesson BNP model revolver and a Colt .380 as well as a camera valued at $800 between April 13 and May 3, 2018.
Court documents filed by Wolking indicate that Borrego told him she took the five items because her life was stressful and she was tired of being the responsible one in her family. She would not tell Wolking where the stolen items were, only that they were at a house in Albuquerque but she agreed to recover the items and bring them to him.
Although Borrego was on the calendar for arraignment Apr. 3 before Judge Jason Lidyard, she appeared Mar. 18 before Judge T. Glenn Ellington where she was sentenced under a global plea agreement reached with Assistant District Attorney Daniel Shapiro.
Under the terms of that agreement, Borrego pleaded guilty to one count of larceny of a firearm from the Los Alamos case and one count of aggravated fleeing of a law enforcement officer from a Santa Fe County case. In return, three counts of larceny of a firearm and one count of larceny for the camera were dismissed.
Judge Ellington placed Borrego on supervised probation for three years and ordered her to return the firearms and the camera to the victim or pay restitution as determined by Adult Parole and Parole.