ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Former world boxing champion Johnny Tapia is going back toprison after a judge deemed him a habitual offender for violatinghis probation on a drug conviction.
The boxer's attorney fought one last fight for Tapia onWednesday and tried to get the habitual offender proceedingsdismissed.
Being deemed a habitual offender carries a mandatory one-yearprison sentence. Bernalillo County District Judge Kenneth Martineztook away Tapia’s chances of freedom when he agreed with thestate.
“The state has done everything in its powers to makecertain you live a life that is crime- and drug-free, and everyturn in the road you've really violated the trust of the state,"Martinez said during the hearing.
Tapia's most recent violation came in July when he traveled tothe town of Red River. Tapia’s probation only allowed him totravel between Albuquerque and Las Cruces.
The town’s marshal also found that Tapia’s probationtravel pass had been altered.
Tapia's family said he went to Red River to help look for amissing cousin who later turned up dead. They were upset the judgedidn't take that into consideration.
“They should have dropped it,” Tapia’sbrother-in-law Chris Chavez said. "It wasn't for drugs; there wasno criminal activity. He just went up for a good cause."
It also was revealed on Wednesday that the state had offeredTapia a plea deal where in exchange for pleading guilty to forgeryand altering a government document the habitual-offenderproceedings would not be filed.
Tapia turned it down. In court his attorney Erlinda Johnson saidthe boxer did not commit those crimes, so offering the plea dealviolated his rights. The judge said the state did nothingwrong.
Tapia only had two more days of probation to serve when heviolated it.
Tapia has been in custody since July. It's up to the judge ifthe time already served will count toward his prison sentence.
As for the altered government document, the district attorney'soffice said it will be up to Taos County to move forward with anycharges.
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