Mistrial declared in case against Rio Arriba Co. sheriff

Politics - Government

ESPAÑOLA, N.M. (KRQE) – A judge has declared a mistrial in the case against the Rio Arriba County sheriff. Sheriff James Lujan is accused of trying to help former Espanola City Councilor Phillip Chacon evade police after a high-speed chase in 2017.

Prosecutors say once the pursuit ended, Lujan told Chacon to gather his belongings from his home and drove him away. However, a jury could not reach a verdict, prompting Judge Kathleen McGarry to declare a mistrial.

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