Sentencing memo asks that Duran be spared jail time

Dianna Duran
FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2015 file photo, New Mexico Secretary of State Dianna Duran listens to proceedings during a hearing in state district court in Santa Fe, N.M. Duran abruptly resigned from office late Thursday, Oct. 22, amid a fraud investigation that alleges she siphoned off thousands of dollars from her election account and withdrew the money at casinos around the state. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan,File)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Attorneys for former New Mexico Secretary of State Dianna Duran say she is getting treatment for her gambling addiction and ask that she not be sentenced to time behind bars following her guilty plea to embezzlement.

Duran pleaded guilty last month to felony embezzlement charges and four misdemeanors. She is accused of siphoning thousands of dollars from her election account to help pay for gambling. Sentencing is set for Dec. 14.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that in a sentencing memorandum, Duran’s attorney argues she should be spared prison time due to her long career in elected office, the potential cost to taxpayers and that she is working on her addiction.

Duran served as a state senator for 18 years before being elected secretary of state in 2010. She resigned last month after her plea. 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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