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District of New Mexico

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Friday, August 20, 2021

Enrolled member of San Felipe Pueblo sentenced to five years in federal prison for assault with a dangerous weapon in Indian Country

Father attacked teenage sons using a piece of 2x4 lumber

           ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Emery Garcia, 37, of San Felipe, New Mexico, and an enrolled member of the San Felipe Pueblo, was sentenced on Aug. 19 in federal court to five years in prison for assault with a dangerous weapon in Indian Country.

           Garcia pleaded guilty on March 29. According to the plea agreement, on Oct. 8, 2020, Garcia assaulted both of his teenage kids, identified as John Doe 1 and John Doe 2, on the San Felipe Pueblo in Sandoval County, New Mexico. After having an argument via text message with John Doe 2, Garcia drove to their residence to cause bodily harm to the victim. Garcia attempted to gain access to the residence through one of the windows of the home and was pushed back by both John Doe 1 and John Doe 2. Garcia returned to the window with a with a board, specifically a piece of 2x4 lumber, and attacked both victims by striking them on the head. 

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

            The Albuquerque Field Office of the FBI investigated this case with assistance from the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Kyle Nayback and Allison Jaros prosecuted the case.

Topic(s): 
Indian Country Law and Justice
Violent Crime
Press Release Number: 
21-163
Updated August 20, 2021