Former Las Cruces officer accepts plea deal

Staff Report
The Associated Press

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - A former Las Cruces police officer has accepted a plea deal in accusations that he tampered with records.

Anthony Coble accepted the deal and received a suspended sentence yesterday.

The 40-year-old former officer entered an Alford plea to two misdemeanor counts of attempting to commit a felony by tampering with public records.

Under an Alford plea, a defendant does not admit guilt but acknowledges he could be convicted.

Coble was accused of disposing of citations after stopping a woman in 2005.

According to court records, she told investigators Coble offered to tear up the tickets in exchange for a kiss and a hug.

He was convicted earlier of a misdemeanor count of illegally disposing of a traffic citation.