The former New Mexico senator already serving a year and a half in prison on corruption charges was handed down another year long sentence Monday for stealing money from his campaign and lying about it.
In court Monday, former New Mexico state Sen. Phil Griego asked Judge Brett Lovelace for mercy yet again in an entirely new case.
Griego pleaded guilty to two counts of perjury for lying about campaign finances. He also pled guilty to two counts of embezzlement for stealing money from his campaign.
The state’s attorney made mention at one point, Griego used some of his campaign finances to pay for repairs on his son’s car.
Back in February, Griego was sentenced to 18 months in prison for steering the sale of a state owned building through the Roundhouse to make a $50,000 paycheck.
A jury found him guilty of that crime.
Monday, after taking a guilty plea in this separate case, he had quite a bit to say to Judge Brett Lovelace.
“This is a lesson to be learned and I am telling you your honor I have experienced it, I have not only lived it but I have learned it,” said Griego.
However, the state’s attorney said Phil Griego has not learned his lesson, and says he still won’t except responsibility for what he did.
“He was using his public office to enrich his own financial interest on multiple fronts, as I said stealing from his campaign, stealing from his PAC, and covering it all up by ignoring reporting laws that he ordinarily complied with.”
After the hearing on Monday, both Griego’s attorney and the Attorney General’s office say a lesson was learned.
“The lesson he learned is obey the rules and Phil Griego has learned that lesson well,” said Griego’s attorney Tom Clark.
The AG’s office also says these types of crimes will not be tolerated.
“The office of the Attorney General has gone out of their way to make sure that they get multiple convictions against Mr. Griego, and they’re going to continue to do what they can to root out corruption,” said David Carl, a spokesperson for the Attorney General’s office.
Griego also payed the remainder of his campaign finances to three nonprofits across the state. A plan to pay restitution has yet to be determined.