New Mexico attorney general’s office to appeal ruling that overturned sect leader’s conviction
Theocrat skips jail on a technicality. This is the guy HBO did a special on who likes to sleep naked with underage girls because god tells him to…
The New Mexico attorney general’s office says it will appeal a ruling that tossed out the convictions of a small religious sect leader serving 10 years for sexual contact with two teenage followers.
The Court of Appeals last week ruled a grand jury’s term had expired months before it returned an indictment against Wayne Bent, and that a district judge didn’t have the power to extend it. A three-judge panel of the court sent the case back to district court and ordered the 70-year-old released from custody.
A spokesman for Attorney General Gary King said the office will appeal the ruling to the state Supreme Court. He said the office also will fight attempts to have Bent released from prison while the case is appealed.
Bent’s attorney, John McCall, has filed a motion seeking his release outright or on an appeal bond.