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Acoma Pueblo Man Sentenced for Assaulting His Intimate Partner

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of New Mexico
Defendant Prosecuted as Part of Federal Initiative to Address the Epidemic Incidence of Violence Against Native Women

ALBUQUERQUE – Randy P. Shutiva, 54, a member of the Acoma Pueblo who resides in San Fidel, N.M., was sentenced this afternoon in federal court in Albuquerque, N.M., to eight months in federal prison followed by one year of supervised release for his assault conviction.

Shutiva was arrested on Dec. 19, 2014, on a criminal complaint charging him with assaulting his intimate partner, an Acoma Pueblo woman, by punching her in the face and head and kicking her body.  The criminal complaint alleged that Shutiva committed the assault on Dec. 6, 2014, in Acoma Pueblo within Cibola County, N.M.  The victim lost the hearing in one ear and sustained other injuries as a result of the assault.

On Aug. 25, 2015, Shutiva pled guilty to a misdemeanor information charging him with assault by striking, beating or wounding, and admitted assaulting the victim. 

This case was investigated by the Laguna/Acoma Agency of the BIA’s Office of Justice Services and the Pueblo of Acoma Tribal Police Department.  Assistant U.S. Attorneys Raquel Ruiz-Velez and Elaine Ramirez prosecuted this case.

The case 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.

Updated February 4, 2016

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