ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Democrats are accusing Governor Martinez of being soft on crime.
They pointed to a Santa Fe New Mexican article about the suspect in the October murder of Albuquerque police Officer Dan Webster. The article details how, when Susana Martinez was the Dona Ana County District Attorney in 2002, her office signed off on a plea deal for Davon Lymon. Lymon was accused of murdering the grandson of the Blake’s Lotaburger founder.
Martinez’s deputy DA struck a plea deal for voluntary manslaughter instead of trying him for murder.
Lymon served ten years, when he faced at least 15 to life.
Just last week at her state of the state address, Martinez hammered judges and prosecutors for going soft on criminals. “Our laws are too lax, our justice system too weak, particularly when it comes to violent, dangerous offenders,” said Martinez.
The governor even had Officer Dan Webster’s widow as a special guest at the state of the state.
In a news release, the state Democratic Party bashed the governor, saying she wants to crack down on violent criminals, but it was her office that let Lymon off lightly.
The governor’s spokesperson sent a statement to the paper, saying prosecutors under Susana Martinez went for the plea deal because of a lack of evidence in the case.