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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Acoma Pueblo Man Sentenced to Prison for Federal Assault Conviction

ALBUQUERQUE – Robert Lucero, 45, a member and resident of  Acoma Pueblo, N.M., was sentenced this morning in federal court in Santa Fe, N.M., to 24 months in federal prison followed by two years of supervised release for his assault conviction.

Lucero was arrested on May 21, 2014, on a criminal complaint charging him with assault with a dangerous weapon and assault resulting in serious bodily injury.  Lucero subsequently was charged in a two-count indictment with assault with a dangerous weapon and assault resulting in serious bodily injury.  According to court filings, Lucero assaulted the victim, also an Acoma Pueblo man, with a wooden bat or stick on May 1, 2014 within the boundaries of the Pueblo of Acoma Reservation.

On Sept. 29, 2014, Lucero entered a guilty plea to Count 2 of the indictment, and admitted assaulting the victim with a wooden axe handle on May 1, 2014.  Court filings reflect that the victim sustained several lacerations to the head that required medical stapling and stitching.

This case was investigated by the Albuquerque office of the FBI and Acoma Pueblo Tribal Police Department and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Novaline D. Wilson.

Updated February 5, 2015