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Fruitland Man Pleads Guilty to 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, and Raul Bujanda, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Albuquerque Field Office, announced today that Anderson Buck pleaded guilty to assault resulting in serious bodily injury. Buck, 40, of Fruitland New Mexico, and an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, will remain in custody pending sentencing, which has not been scheduled.

According to the plea agreement and other court documents, Nov. 17, 2022, Buck assaulted his girlfriend while they were intoxicated and in Buck’s vehicle. The victim was seriously injured during the assault and was hospitalized in the ICU for several weeks where she was intubated while fighting for her life. The assault took place on the Navajo Nation.

Under the terms of his agreement, Buck can be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison followed by up to 3 years of supervised release.

The Farmington Resident Agency of the FBI Albuquerque Field Office investigated this case with assistance from the Navajo Nation Department of Criminal Investigations. Assistant United States Attorney Alexander F. Flores is prosecuting the case.

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Updated May 1, 2023

Indian Country Law and Justice
Press Release Number: 23-95