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Non-Indian Man Sentenced to Probation
for Assaulting an Indian Child

January 7, 2014

ALBUQUERQUE – Jose J. Romero, 39, a non-Indian resident of Isleta Pueblo, was sentenced on Jan. 3, 2014 to 18 months of probation for his misdemeanor simple assault conviction. 

Romero entered a guilty plea on Sept. 26, 2013, to a misdemeanor information charging him with simple assault of an individual who had not attained the age of 16 years.  In his plea agreement, Romero admitted striking an Indian child under the age of 16 years in the face on Jan. 16, 2013.  He further admitted that his unlawful conduct occurred within Isleta Pueblo.

This case was investigated by the Southern Pueblos Agency of the BIA’s Office of Justice Services and the Isleta Pueblo Tribal Police Department and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Novaline D. Wilson.

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