The New Mexico candidate is a danger to the community

ALBUQUERQUE – Prosecutors say a failed GOP candidate accused of staging a series of drive-by shootings at the homes of Democratically elected officials in New Mexico’s largest city poses a danger to the community and is being jailed pending trial should be.

They filed a motion Wednesday asking that Solomon Peña be held without bail. He appeared videotaped for a first court appearance when a judge announced he would remain in custody pending a detention hearing scheduled for next month.

Defense attorney Roberta Yurcic said she will request that conditions be set so her client can be released while his case is heard in a state district court. But prosecutors argued in the motion that no conditions would keep the community safe.

“The defendant’s actions show the effort he is willing to make when he is dissatisfied with reality,” the motion states. “He arranged for multiple shootings at multiple homes and personally attended at least one of the shootings. There is no reason to believe that someone so unwilling to accept reality will believe the court-ordered terms of release.”