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NM inmate charged for spitting on CO

About half of Michael Astorga's offenses are classified as major violations of prison policy and the other half as minor, according to a disciplinary history provided by the Department of Corrections

By Scott Sandlin
Albuquerque Journal

BERNALILLO COUNTY, N.M. — Michael Paul Astorga, who faces either life imprisonment or the death penalty for the murder of Bernalillo County Sheriff's Deputy James McGrane Jr., is still working off internal discipline imposed for misconduct in prison while his case has been pending.

Since his arrest in 2006 on the McGrane murder charges, Astorga has logged 20 disciplinary write-ups and been found guilty by a hearing officer of all but one, which was dismissed. The hearing officer's ruling is appealable to the prison warden.

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