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Attorney pleads in DWI case

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A prominent Albuquerque lawyer arrested for drunken driving in April has pleaded guilty, court records show.

Robert Gorence pleaded guilty last week to one count of first-offense driving while intoxicated. He was granted a deferred sentence and must spend one year on supervised probation, according to sentencing documents.

According to a criminal complaint, a Bernalillo County deputy stopped Gorence near 6th and Interstate 40 after seeing him driving about 45 mph in a 65 mph zone. He performed poorly on sobriety tests, and although he denied drinking, a breath test showed he was above the legal limit, deputies said.

Gorence, who declined to comment on the plea, has represented several high-profile defendants in criminal cases including former Rio Arriba County Sheriff Tommy Rodella. He worked previously as a prosecutor for the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

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