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Perjury case against Taos sheriff's sergeant ends in mistrial


December 3, 2018

TAOS — A Taos County jury could not reach a decision this week on whether a sheriff’s sergeant lied under oath at a New Mexico Motor Vehicle Division hearing in 2017.

A state District Court judge declared a mistrial Tuesday after the jury split 5-7, with the majority determining there was insufficient evidence to prove Taos County sheriff’s Sgt. Gilbert Atencio had lied to an MVD hearing officer about having viewed lapel camera video of a traffic stop that resulted in the arrest of a former Taos Pueblo tribal officer on a charge of aggravated DWI.


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