If you go by the general consensus of the community, judges in Santa Fe are far more likely to issue a slap on the wrist for burglary suspect bonds than slap them with actual bond amounts that do any good.
While most of the complaints I hear of at the Magistrate Court level, there are plenty of gripes about Michael Vigil and Stephen Pfeffer at State District Court, too.
So when accused serial burglar Sabrina Esquibel was getting arraigned Monday in Pfeffer’s court, imagine the surprise of the attorneys, bondsmen, probation officers and especially the defendants in the courtroom when Pfeffer slapped the 22-year-old with a $200,000 cash-only bond.
That was twice the bond requested by the state and an awfully high bond for a young woman who, despite being arrested six times since 2009, has no prior convictions according to online court records.
See? It can happen in Santa Fe.
Check out the article in Tuesday’s New Mexican for a little more info on who showed up to court helping lead to why this arraignment, and the bond, were so different than most burglary arraignments in the Santa Fe area:
And here is last week’s article written by Shaun Griswold on Sabrina’s recent arrest (not the one she was being arraigned for on Monday):