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Enrolled member of the Mescalero Apache Tribe sentenced to two years in federal prison for assault in Indian Country

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

         ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - William Monte Hosetosavit, 27, of Mescalero, New Mexico, and an enrolled member of the Mescalero Apache Tribe, was sentenced in federal court on July 27 to two years and seven months in prison for assault resulting in serious bodily injury in Indian Country.

         Hosetosavit pleaded guilty on Nov. 7, 2019. According to the plea agreement, on April 5, 2019, Hosetosavit assaulted Jane Doe in Otero County, New Mexico, on the Mescalero Apache Reservation. Hosetosavit hit the victim in the face with his elbow causing prolonged disfigurement to her eye socket.

         Upon completion of his sentence, Hosetosavit will be subject to three years of supervised release.

         The Mescalero Agency of the Bureau of Indian Affairs investigated this case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron O. Jordan prosecuted the case.

Updated July 28, 2021

Indian Country Law and Justice
Violent Crime
Press Release Number: 21-143