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Albuquerque Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Misdemeanor Assault Charge

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE – Mister Samuel, 35, of Albuquerque, N.M., pleaded guilty this morning in federal court, to a misdemeanor information charging him with assault.

Samuel was arrested and charged in a criminal complaint in Feb. 2015, with assault with intent to do bodily harm without just cause or excuse.  According to the complaint, Samuel assaulted the victim on Feb. 18, 2015, at the emergency room of the Veterans Administration Medical Center by striking the victim repeatedly with a “hand sanitizer stand.”  On Feb. 19, 2015, Samuel was charged in a misdemeanor information with assault by striking, beating or wounding on Feb. 18, 2015, in Bernalillo County, N.M.

During today’s proceedings, Samuel entered a guilty plea to the information without the benefit of a plea agreement.  At sentencing, Samuel faces a statutory maximum penalty of one year in prison followed by up to one year of supervised release.  Samuel is in custody pending a sentencing hearing which has yet to be scheduled.

This case was investigated by the Veterans Affairs Police Department and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Rumaldo R. Armijo.

Updated October 13, 2015