SANTA FE – Already behind bars after being convicted last year of several public corruption charges, former state Sen. Phil Griego has struck a plea deal with the Attorney General’s Office on separate charges dealing with spending from the ex-lawmaker’s campaign account.
A state judge would still have to sign off on the plea deal at a hearing scheduled for later this month and, if the plea is approved, decide how much of an additional sentence should be imposed.
But under the terms of the deal, Griego would avoid having to go through another trial and would face a maximum of 18 months of an additional prison time. He could have that cut in half under day-for-day “good time” incentives, his attorney said Thursday.
“He’s already in prison,” attorney Tom Clark said. “A second trial would be outrageously expensive.”