U.S. District Judge William “Chip” Johnson appeared to struggle between the seriousness of the crime and compassion for the defendant’s family in deciding on a nine-month prison sentence for Jamie Estrada, who hijacked Gov. Susana Martinez’s campaign emails, gave them to her political opponents and lied to FBI agents about it.
Federal prosecutors agreed to cap Estrada’s sentence to one year and a day in prison while his attorneys were seeking probation and no jail time. Federal sentencing guidelines suggested a prison sentence of more than two years.
In their plea for leniency, Estrada and his attorney said he is a deeply involved in caring for his brother, who needs a liver transplant for non-alcoholic late-stage liver disease.
Gov. Martinez appeared in court and asked for the maximum sentence prosecutors had approved – a year and a day.