Judges deny three pretrial detention motions for repeat offender

Kai Porter
October 05, 2017 06:20 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- A suspected repeat offender in Albuquerque was given not one, not two, but three chances to get out of jail free.


Each time prosecutors asked a judge to hold Christopher Gallegos without bond, saying he was a danger to the community, but the judges denied the request for pretrial detention. Gallegos has been arrested at least four times since June.

In June, police arrested Gallegos for allegedly trying to break into his parent's home and threatening to kill his family inside. He was released from jail but didn't stay out of trouble for long. A month later, police arrested Gallegos again after they say he stole a car and crashed it trying to get away from officers. He was also released from jail in that case.

Then on Aug. 11, police arrested Gallegos after he allegedly broke into a woman's home. Four days later, Gallegos was still in jail when police tacked on more charges after connecting him to another case. They say he was caught on camera breaking into Galles Chevrolet and stealing cars.

In those last two cases, prosecutors asked Judge Jacqueline Flores to hold him without bond. But Judge Flores denied those requests. Gallegos was back in jail on Aug. 30, accused of vehicle theft. That time prosecutors asked Judge Brett Loveless to hold Gallegos with no bond, but Loveless denied their motion.

Even though judges denied three pretrial detention motions, Gallegos is now being held in jail for violating conditions in at least one of his prior cases.


Kai Porter

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