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Sun December 15, 2013

Embattled New Mexico Sheriff Resigns

An embattled New Mexico sheriff has resigned after admitting to letting a burglary suspect off the hook and then trying to cover it up.   Mora County Sheriff Thomas Garza recently pleaded guilty to tampering with public records and agreed to give up his police certification.

Court documents say that Garza told a suspect in a March 2012 home burglary where firearms were taken, "If you give me the weapons I will let you go clean."

Documents say he then told a deputy to write in the report that the guns were discovered during a missing-person investigation.

Garza later was accused of trying to let a DWI suspect off the hook, which led to a scuffle with a deputy.

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Information from: KRQE-TV, http://www.krqe.com

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