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Farmington Couple Charged with Assault

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

ALBUQUERQUE – A Farmington couple was charged by indictment with assault charges, including using teeth as a dangerous weapon during an alleged attack on three of their daughters.

Renauldo Sandoval, 39, and Lisa Sandoval, 39, both enrolled members of the Navajo Nation, appeared before a federal judge this week.  Lisa will remain in third-party custody and Renauldo will remain in custody pending trial, which has not been scheduled.

According to the indictment, or July 28, 2023, the defendants assaulted Jane Doe 1, and the assault resulted in serious bodily injury. Renauldo additionally assaulted Jane Doe 2, after having been convicted in state court of two prior domestic assaults.  In addition, Lisa assaulted Jane Doe 3 with a dangerous weapon, specifically her teeth, with the intent to cause bodily harm.

If convicted, Renauldo and Lisa both face up to 10 years in prison.

U.S. Attorney Alexander M.M. Uballez, and Raul Bujanda, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Albuquerque Field Office, made the announcement today.

The Gallup Resident Agency of the FBI Albuquerque Field Office investigated this case with assistance from the Navajo Nation Police Department and the Navajo Department of Criminal Investigations. Assistant United States Attorney Meg Tomlinson is prosecuting the case.

An indictment is merely an allegation. All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

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Updated May 29, 2024

Indian Country Law and Justice
Press Release Number: 24-189