ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Charmaine Sanchez, a serial shoplifter, accepted a plea deal Friday. The deal would drastically cut her proposed prison sentence.

Charmaine Sanchez was charged with 19 counts of shoplifting and was looking at 22 years in prison if convicted. Friday’s plea deal means she may not spend any time in prison.

From September to November of 2021, Sanchez is accused of shoplifting nearly $8,000 in merchandise from six different stores. On Friday, Sanchez pleaded guilty to 14 counts, including shoplifting, conspiracy to commit trafficking by distribution, and resisting, evading, or obstructing an officer. Under the deal, Sanchez’s 9-year prison sentence would be capped at 12 months because the charges would run concurrently.

In the plea agreement at sentencing, Sanchez could ask for conditional discharge which means, if the judge grants it, no prison time. However, the Attorney General’s office said if she messes up, she will spend 9 years in prison.

“There are some of these cases where because she’s admitting this conduct then I don’t have to bring a second case against her. The minute she screws up again even after serving a jail or prison sentence, she will immediately be confined and taken off the streets,” said Attorney General for the State of New Mexico, Hector Balderas.


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The AG hopes the legislature will help give more jurisdiction to bring long-term sentences. Sanchez’s defense attorney argued today that she should be allowed to go into drug treatment. Sanchez is expected to be sentenced in March.