Former Judge Gets 18 Months Probation

Las Cruces – A former Sunland Park municipal judge has been sentenced to 18 months' probation and ordered to take a government class after being convicted of falsely certifying where he lived.

State District Judge Lisa Schultz ordered Horacio Favela to take introductory government classes at New Mexico State University, then give schoolchildren in the Gadsden district a speech on civic involvement and why rules exist.

He also must complete 150 hours of community service and pay $700.

Favela was convicted of false voting, making a false statement on his candidate declaration and falsifying documents in a municipal election.

Evidence at his August trial showed he voted in El Paso, Texas, and New Mexico in the November 2004 election while living in El Paso and running for judge in Sunland Park.


Information from: Las Cruces Sun-News,

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