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Compromise on NM Driver’s Licenses Moves Forward

State lawmakers are one step closer to making New Mexico driver’s licenses Real ID compliant. House bill 99 was passed 41 to one Saturday night in the Senate. It’s a two tiered compromise bill. If it becomes law, legal New Mexico residents will once again be able to use their driver’s licenses to get into federal facilities. Immigrants will no longer be eligible for driver’s licenses. Instead, they would get driving authorization card. Those cards would not be Real ID compliant. Immigrants will need to be fingerprinted to get their driver authorization cards. The bill now goes to the House. If they approve all of the amendments, it will then go to Governor Susana Martinez’s desk.

A Veteran Remembered 

A young veteran, who killed outside an Albuquerque ATM, is being remembered. Albuquerque police say Tyler Lackey, 24, was shot and killed at an ATM on Gibson near Yale about two weeks ago. Viewing services were held for the Afghanistan war veteran at Strong-Thorne Mortuary in southeast Albuquerque on Saturday. Albuquerque police are still searching for the people responsible for Lackey’s death. Wells Fargo is offering a $25,000 reward to anyone with information leading to an arrest.

D.A Could Appeal Griego Decision 

Bernalillo County District Attorney Kari Brandenburg says she’s disappointed that a teen who pleaded guilty to killing his parents and three younger siblings will be sentenced as a juvenile. Her office is considering an appeal. On Thursday, a children’s court judge ruled 18-year-old Nehemiah Griego is receptive to psychological treatment. The judge’s decision means Griego will be sentenced as a juvenile and released from state custody by the time he turns 21. Griego was 15 years old when he shot and killed five family members in their South Valley home. Brandenburg said a final decision on an appeal has not yet been reached.

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