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Friday, January 23, 2015

Kewa Pueblo Man Sentenced to Seven Years in Federal Prison for Rape Conviction

Defendant Prosecuted as Part of Federal Initiative to Address

ALBUQUERQUE – Javin Keith Reano, 22, a member and resident of Kewa Pueblo, N.M., was sentenced this morning to 84 months in federal prison for his aggravated sexual abuse conviction.  Reano will be on supervised release for five years after completing his prison sentence.  He will be required to register as a sex offender after he completes his prison sentence.

Reano was arrested in May 2014, on an indictment charging him with aggravated sexual abuse.  According to court filings, on July 19, 2013, Reano sexually assaulted the victim, an Indian woman, in a location within Kewa Pueblo in Sandoval County, N.M.

Reano entered a guilty plea on Sept. 22, 2014, to the indictment and admitted raping the victim on July 19, 2013.  In his plea agreement, Reano acknowledged forcing the victim to engage in a sexual act against her will.

This case was investigated by the Southern Pueblos Agency of the BIA’s Office of Justice Services and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kyle T. Nayback.

The case was brought pursuant to the Tribal Special Assistant U.S. Attorney (Tribal SAUSA) Pilot Project in the District of New Mexico which is sponsored by the Justice Department’s Office on Violence Against Women under a grant administered by the Pueblo of Laguna.  The Tribal SAUSA Pilot Project seeks to train tribal prosecutors in federal law, procedure and investigative techniques to increase the likelihood that every viable violent offense against Native women is prosecuted in either federal court or tribal court, or both.  The Tribal SAUSA Pilot Project was largely driven by input gathered from annual tribal consultations on violence against women, and is another step in the Justice Department's on-going efforts to increase engagement, coordination and action on public safety in tribal communities.

Updated February 5, 2015