ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - The guest of honor at a going-away party Wednesday night isn'tgoing far, just to Colorado where former heavyweight políticoManny Aragón will be checking into federal prison in the nextweek.
Cars lined the streets around Ben Michael's Cafe near Old Townas friends of the legendary political figure gathered to saygoodbye to him.
However the news media were not on the invitation list, andpartygoers and the guest of honor proved to be camera shy. KRQENews 13 only caught a glimpse of Aragón dressed in a blueshirt going out a side door as the party ended.
In March a federal judge sentenced Aragón to more than fiveyears in prison for his role in the $4 million rake-off fromconstruction of the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Courthouse. Hemust report to the federal prison at Florence, Colo., by June10.
Political blogger Joe Monahan reported that the organizers of the sendoff asked the gueststo write their "Manny memories" on cards to give Aragón.
Aragón, from Albuquerque's South Valley, rose to power inthe New Mexico State Senate attaining the title of president protempore before being unseated in a political coup. He later becamepresident of New Mexico Highlands University.
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