Gil Armijo, former aide to retired 5th District Supervisor Joe Centeno, was back in front of Judge Frank Ochoa Monday morning, this time asking the judge to reduce his crime from a felony to a misdemeanor.
Armijo, who pleaded no contest in 2009 to a felony perjury charge, was making the motion with the hope that he could move to New Mexico for a job, where he apparently has three offers on the table.
The perjury charge was based on testimony he gave at a DMV hearing related to a DUI case from December 2007. Armijo, for a long time, adamantly denied he had driven drunk, but that a female companion had driven him to the spot where his car was. He has claimed the entire case against him was fabricated by the DA’s office.
Since his conviction, he told the court, he had been aggressively seeking employment locally, but was unsuccessful. But Ochoa said it was not within his power to reduce the charge of which Armijo had already been convicted. “You’re asking me to do something I can’t do, legally,” Ochoa said. Instead, he said, Armijo should try to work the situation out with the Probation Department.
Armijo resigned from his position in Centeno’s office in July 2009.