ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A man accused of multiple car thefts got a big break from a judge on Monday.
Christopher Dominguez faced up to 10 years behind bars, but he was sentenced to less than a year.
Albuquerque Police officers know Dominguez and his antics all too well. In September 2015, police say he tried to steal an APD bait car.
In that case, officers tracked him and the car to the Target at Uptown. From there, police say Dominguez ditched the car and tried running.
But police caught up with Dominguez and arrested him.
Before that, APD says he stole another car.
Dominguez was accused of five different car theft cases in 2015 alone.
Dominguez pleaded no contest in January to seven felonies and faced 10 years in prison.
On Monday, when Dominguez went before a judge to be sentenced, his brother begged the judge for mercy.
In the end, the judge gave Dominguez a break, sentencing him to 8 months behind bars and ordering him to receive drug treatment. She also told Dominguez that if he slips up even once while he’s out on probation, she will go harder on him next time.
Dominguez also apologized in court, claiming he stole cars because he didn’t know what else to do to pay for his drug habit.