Sentencing date moved for Tommy Rodella

Tommy Rodella

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The sentencing date for former Rio Arriba County Sheriff Tommy Rodella has been moved. Rodella is facing between seven and 17 years in prison when he’s sentenced in federal court January 21st.

He was supposed to be sentenced Friday, but because of the holiday court closure it was moved.

Rodella roughed up a driver during a traffic stop and violated his civil rights. The feds are seeking a strict sentence, saying Rodella abused his power for two decades and got away with it.

Meanwhile, Rodella is fighting for a new trial. 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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