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Papen’s longtime assistant going to prison

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The former campaign treasurer and personal assistant to Senate President Pro Tem Mary Kay Papen, D-Las Cruces, was sentenced today to 7 1/2 years in prison for stealing money and jewelry from his longtime employer, according to the Doña Ana County District Attorney’s Office.

Steve Siddall (Courtesy Doña Ana County DA)

Steve D. Siddall, 46, was arrested in January 2016 on charges he embezzled more than $180,000 from Papen’s personal, campaign and government accounts over nearly three years and stole jewelry from her. Also charged was William “Billy” Samora.

Papen, who has served in the Legislature since 2001, said at the time that she considered Siddall as part of her family.

“Senator Papen regarded this defendant as a member of her extended family, and he repaid her by stealing thousands and thousands of dollars from her,” DA Mark D’Antonio said in a Tuesday news release.

Siddall was convicted in December 2017 of one count of forgery over $2,500, a third-degree felony, five counts of forgery, each fourth-degree felonies, and two counts of fourth-degree larceny over $500.

He must also serve five years of supervised probation and could have to pay up to $10,375 in restitution.

Samora pleaded no contest to his role in the crimes and was given three years of prison time and two years of probation, but the sentence was suspended in lieu of probation. He also must pay $5,000 in restitution.