Life is good for Michael Wiggins – who robbed a store at gunpoint only to get released and FREE TO GO under NM Bail Reform – then violates his conditions of release three times – and still remains a free man under pretrial release.
Michael Wiggins, of Albuquerque, allegedly attempted to rob an Autozone store at gunpoint in October – which did not end well for Wiggins when another armed customer pulled out their own gun and ordered him to the ground.
Wiggins was charged with 2nd degree robbery. Later Wiggins admitted to police that he tried robbing the store to feed his heroin addiction and because he had heard that other people had been getting away with robberies in Albuquerque.
Wiggins was later released and FREE TO GO under NM Bail Reform after the Arnold Foundation’s “Pretrial Risk Assessment” tool determined that he was not a danger to the community or a flight risk and therefore should not be subject to any accountable release – just a “promise” to appear.
The release is the result of newly enacted Supreme Court guidelines orchestrated by Chief Justice Daniels that virtually eliminates accountable pretrial release and bail.
Wiggins has since had warrants issued three times for violating his conditions of release, however, the “Magic 8-ball” computer says that he still should remain released under taxpayer funded pretrial release with zero supervision.
New Mexico Bail Reform, Risk Assessments, and Pretrial Services
- ZERO Accountability
- ZERO Deterrent
- ZERO Supervision
- ZERO concern for victims
- ZERO Bail…just a “pinky promise” to return
- Bail Reform – Dangerous, Reckless, and a Taxpayer Burden
(reported by KOB4 – Oct 7, 2017)
A suspected criminal got more than he bargained for when he tried to hold up a northeast Albuquerque AutoZone Friday night.
Police say Michael Wiggins tried to rob the store at gunpoint, when another customer allegedly pulled out their own gun and ordered him to the ground. Police say Wiggins then dropped his firearm, which turned out to be a pellet gun.
According to court documents, Wiggins told police he dropped the gun because he didn’t want to get hurt. In the court documents, he goes on to say that he tried robbing the business because he had fallen back into a heroin addiction, and heard that other people had been getting away with robberies in Albuquerque.
You’ve been lied to New Mexico…bail reform is reckless, dangerous, and is destroying criminal accountability by removing the deterrent of jail and bail as an option.
ACT NOW and demand accountability. Demand change.