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House candidate jailed for violation

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Chris Berkheimer, a candidate for the state House of Representatives in next Tuesday’s primary election, was jailed Thursday for violating conditions of the Community Custody Program run by the Metropolitan Detention Center, according to a detention center official.

BERKHEIMER: Running in House District 25 primary

BERKHEIMER: Running in House District 25 primary

Berkheimer, who is challenging incumbent Christine Trujillo for the Democratic nomination in House District 25 in Northeast Albuquerque, is serving a nearly yearlong sentence in the program after pleading guilty in May 2015 to violating a restraining order to stay away from his daughter.

Defendants in the Community Custody Program, an alternative to jail, wear ankle bracelets so their movements can be monitored, and they need permission to leave their homes. Berkheimer had been allowed to leave his home four days a week to campaign door to door.

It wasn’t immediately known what condition or conditions of the program allegedly were violated by Berkheimer.

Online jail records indicated he was still in custody late Tuesday afternoon.

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Neither he nor the lawyer listed as representing him in the restraining order case could be reached for comment.

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