Nate Gentry, who is running for re-election as a state representative, is one of Martinez’s favorite henchmen. His attacks at her request against Charlotte Rode, a critic of the Downs contract, have been well documented. Gentry is currently doing Martinez and McCleskey’s bidding by investigating Sheryl Williams Stapleton, the House Majority Whip.
Gentry spent several years working for Senator Pete Domenici. His time working with Domenici coincided with some legal problems that he had. Perhaps coincidently, most of Gentry’s legal problems went away.
Gentry’ criminal history does not appear to include actions against women. But clearly he has no trouble targeting women when it benefitted Martinez.
Gentry admitted to some of his legal problems when he ran for office in 2010, he told the Journal, “Ten years ago, I was involved in an altercation in Washington, D.C. The case was dismissed. Eight years ago, I was charged with DWI and related traffic offenses in New Mexico. All charges were dismissed.”
Not exactly true.
Gentry appears to have forgotten that he pled guilty to contempt of court, which is a separate misdemeanor charge that resulted when he disobeyed the court’s directive. (Metro Court case DW80802).
Gentry didn’t accept responsibility for his actions, which according to his arrest report, were bad even by New Mexico (a state known for DWI) standards.
According to the Albuquerque Police Department report, (02-49270) the arresting officer, Medina, wrote, “subject stopped after officers flagged down. He then struck a trash can & vehicle.”
He admitted to drinking but “not enough to be drunk”.
The officer observed that Gentry’s speech was slurred and that he had a strong odor of alcohol about him. Gentry was unable to perform the walk and turn test and the one leg stand test.
Gentry blew a .23/.21 on the Breathalyzer about 45 minutes after he was stopped. That is nearly three times the legal limit of .o8.
Gentry was listed on the report as weighing 190 lbs. at the time. To get to a BAC level of .23/.21 at his weight he would have to have drunk between 8-10 drinks, according to most BAC charts.
Gentry, who was in law school at the time, was driving a white Mercedes SUV at the time. According to the Tow-In Report, Gentry’s car sustained moderate damage across the front end and front windshield when he crashed into the vehicle.
Gentry’s DWI was not just a run of the mill DWI. According to the docket, Gentry was charged with aggravated DWI (.16 or greater), reckless driving, and possessing an open container of alcohol in the vehicle. He was then charged subsequently with two misdemeanor counts of failure to appear (contempt of court).
The two contempt charges each carried a separate warrant for his arrest (warrant # 1589802 and warrant # 6938202). It was the second warrant that Gentry pled guilty to on 9/12/02.
Apparently the prosecutor’s office was unprepared after the trial was reset when Gentry failed to appear so the DWI case was dismissed. Obviously, as Martinez made it clear in her memorandum, not being convicted is not the same as being innocent.
Gentry’s conviction for contempt of court serves as another example of prosecutor Martinez ignoring the fact that those close to her blatantly disregard the court’s directives.
Gentry also was charged criminally in Washington DC while working for Domenici. Probably related to the altercation he talks about. However, the docket is unclear if that pertains to that case or to another case, as the docket contains no charging information. (United States v. Gentry, Nathaniel Q 2000 CMD 007521).
Therefore, we do not know the circumstances behind this arrest or criminal charge.
Governor Martinez. It is time to surround yourself with new people. New Mexicans elected you based in large part on your self-proclaimed track record of prosecuting the kind of people that you are now working with to operate state government.