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Isleta Pueblo Man Sentenced for Federal Misdemeanor Assault Conviction

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

ALBUQUERQUE – Abel A. Orozco, 38, an enrolled member and resident of Isleta Pueblo, N.M., was sentenced today in federal court in Albuquerque, N.M., to a term of time already served (approximately eight months of imprisonment) for his misdemeanor assault conviction and one year of supervised release.


Orozco was arrested on March 20, 2017, on a criminal complaint charging him with assaulting an Isleta Pueblo man by pushing him into a wall, striking and punching him in the body, chest and head, and threatening him with a log in Oct. 2016, on the Isleta Pueblo.  According to the complaint, the victim suffered a fractured rib, pain to the right side of his head and an injured left shoulder as the result of the assault. 


Orozco was indicted on April 11, 2017, and was charged with assault resulting in serious bodily injury on Oct. 2, 2016, on Isleta Pueblo in Bernalillo County, N.M.


On Aug. 4, 2017, Orozco pled guilty to a misdemeanor information charging him with assault by striking, beating or wounding.  In entering the guilty plea, Orozco admitted that on Oct. 2, 2016, he assaulted the victim by striking and hitting him with his fists and elbows. 


This case was investigated by the Northern Pueblos Agency of the BIA’s Office of Justice Services and the Isleta Pueblo Tribal Police Department and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael D. Murphy.

Updated November 13, 2017

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