TUCUMCARI, N.M. — A former fire chief has been convicted of drugging and sexually assaulting a city employee and stealing city money, prosecutors said.
Former Tucumcari Fire Chief Shane Warner pleaded no contest Tuesday to charges that included assault with intent to commit a violent felony, attempt to commit extortion and misdemeanor embezzlement, The Eastern New Mexico News reported .
Prosecutors dropped charges of fraud, distribution of a controlled substance and tampering with evidence in exchange for the plea. Prosecutors are expected to recommend a suspended sentence and five years of supervised probation. They also plan to seek $2,000 in restitution.