Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Judge's Son Gets 1 Year for Robberies.

Byline: Daniel J. Chacon Journal Staff Writer

Despite the state's request for a stiffer penalty, the 19-year-old son of San Juan Pueblo Tribal Chief Judge Stanley Bird was sentenced Wednesday to a year in jail for his involvement in five armed robberies last year.

The 1st Judicial District Attorney's Office had recommended that Shawn Bird, who was 18 when the robberies occurred, serve 13 1/2 years in the Penitentiary of New Mexico.

But State District Court Judge Michael Vigil told the small-framed teen: "If I send you to prison, they will eat you alive."

Vigil said Bird needed to be held accountable for his actions, but he wasn't ready to throw him into a prison system that could possibly turn him into a hardened criminal. …

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