San Miguel County undersheriff, others charged months after brawl

San Miguel County undersheriff, others charged months after brawl

From the Las Vegas Optic

A brawl between two groups at a Valentine’s Day dance ended in misdemeanor charges for five people, including a New Mexico deputy sheriff.

San Miguel County Undersheriff Mike Padilla, whose name is listed as Albert Michael Padilla in court records, has been charged with misdemeanor aggravated battery. Four others, including Padilla’s wife and son, are also facing misdemeanor charges.

The incident took place Feb. 14, but charges were not filed until May 15. Court records show Padilla was not arrested, but was instead issued a summons, a practice that has become more common since the outbreak of the coronavirus.

Padilla has no criminal history, according to court records, and was released on his own recognizance during a June 12 hearing; however, one of the conditions of his release bars him from possessing a firearm.