|Old Photo Taken from KTSM Website|
Gandara, who is a member of a family that was likely the most affluent in Socorro at one time, is now declared indigent and will have a tax-payer funded attorney. Although, that appears to have been Gandara's plan all along. Gandara was originally indicted while he was still a member of the Socorro city council and his faction of city council at the time voted to have the tax payers of Socorro pay his legal fees.
A judge later found that his faction was in office unlawfully and a special election was ordered. He was booted out of office by the voters in the special election and the new city council quickly voted to take the burden of Little Jesse's legal defense off the backs of Socorro tax payers.
At that point, Gandara had to pay for his own legal representation. He petitioned the court for new council because he is now indigent.
Now all the tax payers of the County pay for his legal defense. Gandara is facing several charges relating to theft and bribery.
Not sure if he's still facing the weed charges or not.
Gandara will now be set to go to trial in April. Guess he'll still play on his little facebook page until then...