The sidekick of a high-profile car thief is back on the streets of Albuquerque after she struck a plea deal.
Eboni Palma and Morris Mora embody the rampant car theft problem in the metro area, yet a Second Judicial District Court judge decided to let half of the duo out of jail this week.
Last year, Palma and Mora were busted by law enforcement in stolen vehicles together at least three times.
The first incident was in January, which ended in a crash that sent an innocent bystander to the hospital.
Then in February, a victim tracked his stolen Ford pickup truck and found the two inside it.
Finally, in March, the husband and wife were discovered in a stolen Dodge pickup.
Mora went on to be accused in two more car thefts last year, while Palma’s cases from February and March moved through the judicial system. Palma was never charged in the January crash incident.
Earlier this week, on Tuesday, Palma struck a plea deal and District Court Judge Jacqueline Flores signed off on it.
Palma pleaded guilty to some charges from the March and February incidents, but was let off the hook for four others — two of which were car theft.
The plea deal meant Palma only got probation, rather than the max four-and-a-half years behind bars.
KRQE News 13 reached out to District Attorney Raul Torrez’s office for comment on why prosecutors would sign off on the plea deal, given the car theft epidemic in Albuquerque.
The office sent us this statement:
“Ms. Palma pled to one count of unlawful taking of a motor vehicle and one count of receiving/transferring stolen motor vehicles and one count of possession of burglary tools. She will be on probation for the next three years. These were her first two felony cases and it was very apparent that Morris Mora was the driving force behind her behavior. They have a significant domestic violence history together where she was the victim. She was charged under an accessory theory in both cases that were resolved by this plea. Mora is in federal custody (probably for the rest of his life) and Ms. Palma is not allowed to have contact with him except for child visitation purposes. We have no cases with him in our office anymore.”
Meanwhile, Mora, too, struck a plea deal back in September. He also had some of the charges against him dropped. However, he was sentenced to seven years in prison.
The grandparents of the couple’s three kids have filed for full custody. The grandparents say their daughter, Palma, and her husband are drug addicts and that he kids are unsafe.