No new penalties on Los Alamos officer in elk case

Preston Ballew
Preston Ballew will not face additional penalties from the police department in an illegal hunting case.

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) – Los Alamos Police Chief Sgambellone says a commander who recently pleaded no contest for illegally taking a bull elk in Otero County will not be disciplined.

The Los Alamos Monitor reports that Sgambellone said this week Commander Preston Ballew will not face any disciplinary action and the matter has been resolved to his satisfaction.

Ballew pleaded no contest in Otero County Magistrate Court to one count of unlawful hunting or fishing and one count of vehicle travel under the Habitat Protection Act stemming from an October case.

Ballew incurred no fines over the illegal hunt, but did receive 182 days of unsupervised probation. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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