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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Jemez Pueblo Man Sentenced to Thirty-Two Years in Federal Prison for Second Degree Murder Conviction

ALBUQUERQUE – Lucas Michael Ray Toledo, 25, a resident and enrolled member of Jemez Pueblo, was sentenced this morning to 32 years in federal prison followed by five years of supervised release for his second degree murder conviction.  The sentence was announced by Acting U.S. Attorney Steven C. Yarbrough and Special Agent in Charge Carol K.O. Lee of the Albuquerque Division of the FBI.

Toledo was arrested on Sept. 29, 2010, on a criminal complaint alleging that he murdered a 21-year-old man who was also a member of Jemez Pueblo.  Toledo subsequently was indicted on that same charge in Oct. 2010.  Proceedings in the case were delayed by competency proceedings.

According to court filings, Toledo murdered the victim in the early hours of Sept. 29, 2010, outside Toledo’s residence on Jemez Pueblo.  Toledo acknowledged murdering the victim sometime after 1:30 a.m. after the victim repeatedly disrupted Toledo as he was attempting to sleep by knocking on Toledo’s bedroom window.  In response to the victim’s disruptive behavior, Toledo went outside and attacked the victim, stabbing him repeatedly with a box-cutter razor and kitchen knife and beating him with a shovel.

On Sept. 11, 2013, Toledo pled guilty this morning to a felony information charging him with second degree murder.  In entering his guilty plea, Toledo admitted killing the victim by stabbing him with a knife and beating him with a shovel.

The case was investigated by the Albuquerque office of the FBI with assistance from the Jemez Pueblo Tribal Police Department and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Presiliano A. Torrez.

Updated January 26, 2015