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Santa Clara Pueblo Man Sentenced to Forty-Two
Months in Prison for Assaulting Intimate Partner

Defendant Prosecuted as Part of Federal Initiative to Address
the Epidemic Incidence of Violence Against Native Women

January 9, 2014

ALBUQUERQUE – James Allen Moquino, 32, a member of Santa Clara Pueblo, N.M., was sentenced this afternoon to 42 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release for his assault conviction, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Steven C. Yarbrough and DuWayne W. Honahni, Sr., Special Agent in Charge of District IV of BIA’s Office of Justice Services.

Moquino was arrested on July 5, 2013 based on an indictment charging him with assaulting a woman and causing her serious bodily injury.  According to the indictment, Moquino committed the crime on Nov. 21, 2010, in Indian Country within Rio Arriba County. 

On Sept. 30, 2013, Moquino entered a guilty plea to the indictment and admitted that he assaulted his intimate partner and the mother of his child by repeatedly striking her in the head and face causing her to suffer serious bodily injury.  Moquino further admitted that the assault occurred within Santa Clara Pueblo. 

This case was investigated by the Northern Pueblos Agency of the BIA’s Office of Justice Services and is being prosecuted by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney David M. Adams. It was brought pursuant to the Tribal Special Assistant U.S. Attorney (Tribal SAUSA) Pilot Project in the District of New Mexico which is sponsored by the Justice Department’s Office on Violence Against Women under a grant administered by the Pueblo of Laguna.  The Tribal SAUSA Pilot Project seeks to train tribal prosecutors in federal law, procedure and investigative techniques to increase the likelihood that every viable violent offense against Native women is prosecuted in either federal court or tribal court, or both.  The Tribal SAUSA Pilot Project was largely driven by input gathered from annual tribal consultations on violence against women, and is another step in the Justice Department's on-going efforts to increase engagement, coordination and action on public safety in tribal communities.

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