Copyright © 2020 Albuquerque Journal
SANTA FE – Longtime state Sen. Richard Martinez will serve five days in jail before the start of New Mexico’s legislative session, under a drunken driving sentence handed down Tuesday by a state judge.
Martinez, a Democrat from Rio Arriba County, tearfully apologized for his actions before being sentenced by District Judge Francis Mathew, while also saying he has been sober for six months and is seeking help for a drinking problem.
“I’m truly sorry,” Martinez said at one point during the sentencing hearing, while looking back at the Española couple he injured in the June crash. “I never wanted or intended this to happen.”