Permission granted to seize former sheriff’s funds

Witness defends Rodella during trial

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The feds have been given the okay to seize the savings accounts of former Rio Arriba County Sheriff Tommy Rodella.

Rodella is serving a 10 year prison sentence for violating a man’s civil rights during an off duty traffic stop. Along with prison time, Rodella was ordered to pay about $200,000 in court fines.

A judge has approved an order to seize $70,000 Rodella had in seven different bank accounts.

Rodella was recently denied his appeal 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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