ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Many have been trying to get answers about why career criminal Andrew Romero was given a soft sentence and was out on the streets the night investigators say he shot and killed Rio Rancho Officer Gregg “Nigel” Benner.
Romero could have gotten up to 13 years in prison for having drugs, a gun and a stolen car. Instead, Romero was put on probation and ordered to drug rehab.
During a discussion Wednesday with Bernalillo County court judges, KRQE News 13 asked Second Judicial District Chief Judge Nan Nash, about judges commenting on cases and rulings. Judge Nash said the code of judicial conduct simply does not allow it. Judge Nash also says although sometimes they would like to explain rulings, the code is something they live by.