A $200K bond for a burglary suspect? In Santa Fe? Really?

Posted: July 12, 2011 in Uncategorized
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Sabrina Esquibel (Photo courtesy Santa Fe County jail)

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):

  1. I’m good with this actually. None of the other deterrents seem effective. She has shown that she will continue to commit crimes against the community while out on bail for other crimes she is being prosecuted for. Has SFPD released any information on the effectiveness of the ankle bracelets that former Chief Wheeler advocated? Have any of those offenders been caught committing additional acts via the use of the ankle bracelets? Just wondering.

    Sometimes judges will make a statement by making an example of a single individual. I believe that is the case here, where a female offender preyed upon chivalrous citizens concerned about her and her “dog” as a clever and deceptive cover for her scouting/burglary activities. This approach has been used by male offenders but when a female does it, it further impacts the willingness of law abiding citizens to help a stranger. Now we have to worry about men and women trying to rob us.

  2. Vic Amuso says:

    Jeeeez, obviously she was taking a chance on her life by breaking in to peoples houses. Luckly she didnt get shot for tresspassing. Anyway, did they do that to that Carlos Fiero for driving around drunk and running over that man. How about that other Judge for getting smashed and driving around drunk. What was his name Robles or something? This is uncalled for.

  3. Santa Fean says:

    Clearly she is a menace to society. She doesn’t deserve a low bond. Now she can choose prison or rehab and probation. Only a junkie steals like she does. A high bond (no pun intended) will force her to face withdrawal in jail and then she may be able to rethink what is important to her in this life. Crime and punishment or the square life and joy…if she works for it.

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