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Dulce Man Pleads Guilty to Domestic Assault by a Habitual Offender and Assault

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

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Alexander M.M. Uballez, United States Attorney for the District of New Mexico announced today that Matthew Vicenti pleaded guilty to domestic assault by a habitual offender and assault by an intimate partner by strangling, suffocating or attempting to strangle or suffocate. Vicenti, 33, of Dulce, New Mexico, and an enrolled member of the Jicarilla Apache Tribe, will remain in custody pending sentencing, which has not been scheduled.

According to court documents, from Dec. 26 to Dec. 28, 2021, Vicenti confined and assaulted his intimate partner and the mother of his children, Jane Doe, in their home. On Dec. 28, 2021, when law enforcement knocked on Vicenti’s front door, Vicenti covered Jane Doe’s mouth with one hand and choked her with the other in order to keep her from calling for help. Officers heard Jane Doe’s cries and kicked in the front door, at which point Vicenti ran and hid in a closet.

At the time, Vicenti had been convicted previously on at least two occasions in Tribal court of offenses against a spouse and intimate partner.

At sentencing, Vicenti faces up to 15 years in prison.

The Jicarilla Apache Police Department investigated this case. Assistant United States Attorney Kimberly Bell is prosecuting the case.

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Updated August 30, 2023

Indian Country Law and Justice
Press Release Number: 23-204