New Mexico man accused in crime spree sentenced to probation

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A man accused of going on a violent crime spree in northern New Mexico is not headed to prison. 

Martin Rivera was accused in a string of meth-fueled crimes around Taos in 2017, including an armed robbery at Walmart, a carjacking outside a post office, and a stabbing and attempted carjacking at Smith’s. 

Earlier this month, Rivera took a plea deal, admitting to aggravated battery and attempted armed robbery for the Smith’s incident. In exchange, the District Attorney agreed to drop three other felony charges. 

Judge Jeff McElroy sentenced Rivera to five years probation, which he’s required to serve in a drug treatment facility. 

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