ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – An effort to keep another repeat criminal locked up was not as successful as prosecutors hoped.
Christopher Heh has been arrested 11 times in the last few years for everything from car theft and burglary, to breaking into a home and sleeping in a little girl’s bed.
Earlier this month, he was arrested for breaking into a business. It turned into an hours long SWAT standoff with Christopher Heh allegedly threatening officers.
Tuesday, prosecutors argued Heh should be locked up without bond under a new constitutional amendment allowing judges to keep repeat and dangerous criminals locked up.
Timothy Callaway, a deputy district attorney, said, “The defendant is a dangerous individual who continues to harm this community and will continue to harm this community if he’s released.”
Prosecutors outlined Heh’s history, but Judge Stan Whitaker said he didn’t feel they proved their case.
“I am significantly concerned that we have this much law enforcement contact in this amount of time,” the judge said.
But because these cases have gone nowhere, the judge had concerns.
“None of them have been indicted, not a one?” he questioned the prosecutor. “No, judge,” Callaway said.
“And that makes me wonder how dangerous your office finds him,” Whitaker responded.
Under the judge’s order, if Pretrial Services feels Heh is a good candidate for release, he will be under their supervision. If they decide he’s not, he can post $1,500 cash and get out.