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Mescalero Apache Man Sentenced For Federal Assault Conviction

June 26, 2014

ALBUQUERQUE – Vincent Magoosh, 23, a member of the Mescalero Apache Nation who resides in Mescalero, N.M., was sentenced this afternoon to eight months of incarceration for his assault conviction.  Magoosh then will be on supervised release for two years, six months of which will be served at a half-way house.

Magoosh was arrested on Aug. 2, 2013, on a criminal complaint alleging that he assaulted another Mescalero Apache man on April 28, 2013 with a dangerous weapon.  Magoosh has been in federal custody since that time.

On Jan. 21, 2014, Magoosh pled guilty to a criminal information charging him with assault with a dangerous weapon, and admitted assaulting the victim on April 28, 2013.  In his plea agreement, Magoosh said that an argument with the victim escalated to a physical confrontation during which he armed himself with a broken table leg with nails in it.  Magoosh swung the table leg at the victim and struck him in the head causing a cut to the left side of the victim’s head.

This case was investigated by the Las Cruces office of the FBI and the Mescalero Agency of the BIA’s Office of Justice Services and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney E. Garreth Winstead, III of the U.S. Attorney’s Las Cruces Branch Office.

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