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Drug dealer sent to prison

by Sheila Gardner
sgardner@recordcourier.com

A 37-year-old drug dealer with a lengthy criminal history was sentenced Tuesday to 10 years in prison, and his attorney expects he’ll serve the full term.

District Judge Dave Gamble sentenced Gabriel Munoz to two concurrent sentences for trafficking in methamphetamine.

Munoz faced up to 15 years and a $100,000 fine on each count.

Gamble sentenced him to maximums of 10 years on one charge and three years on the second.

“I just want to apologize to the community for what I did, and to my family and loved ones. I know what I did was wrong,” Munoz said. “I plan to get help in prison, come home, and be a better father to my kids. This is a reality check. I’m getting too old for this.”

Munoz asked the judge to arrange a visit with his newborn daughter before he is sent to prison.

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Charges against Munoz’s wife, Korinna Archuleta, were to be dropped after his sentencing.

She is to appear Wednesday in East Fork Justice Court.

Because of his client’s criminal record, attorney William Routsis told the judge he thought his client would serve the full 10 years.

“Mr. Munoz clearly has a criminal history that goes back 20 years. He just had a baby girl. He’s at a point in his life with a new child where this is serious. He knows he is going to prison. I hope he knows it’s now or never,” Routsis said.

Munoz and Archuleta were accused of selling methamphetamine from their Indian Hills home.

They were arrested in a predawn raid on Jan. 19 in the 3400 block of Indian Drive.

“Your history is, you know, about as bad as histories can get,” Gamble said. “You’ll still be a young man when you get out. I hope you decided this is the last time.”

Gamble gave Munoz credit for 174 days in custody.