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Laguna Pueblo Man Pleads Guilty to Assaulting a Federally Deputized Tribal Police Officer

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

ALBUQUERQUE – This morning Gregory Allen Bahe, 32, a member and resident of Laguna Pueblo, pled guilty to an indictment charging him with assaulting a federal officer.  The guilty plea was announced by Acting U.S. Attorney Damon P. Martinez, DuWayne W. Honahni, Sr., Special Agent in Charge of District IV of BIA’s Office of Justice Services, and Acting Police Chief Brian Carr of the Pueblo of Laguna Tribal Police Department.

Bahe was arrested on Sept. 19, 2013, pursuant to a criminal complaint alleging that he assaulted a tribal police officer who holds a Special Law Enforcement Commission from the BIA.  Bahe subsequently was indicted and charged with two counts of assaulting a federal officer. 

According to these charging instruments Bahe assaulted an officer of the Laguna Pueblo Tribal Police Department on Sept. 12, 2013, when the officer responded to a call from Bahe requesting police assistance at a residence located in Laguna Pueblo in Cibola County, N.M. 

When the officer was restraining Bahe for officer safety reasons, Bahe assaulted the officer by spitting at the officers on the face and head-butting the officer on the face.

During today’s proceedings, Bahe pleaded guilty to Count 1 of the indictment and admitted assaulting a federal officer who was engaged in the performance of his official duty.

Bahe has been in federal custody since his arrest and remains detained pending his sentencing hearing, which has yet to be scheduled.  Under the terms of his plea agreement, Bahe will be sentenced to 12 months in federal prison followed by a term of supervised release to be determined by the court.

The case was investigated by the Laguna/Acoma Agency of the BIA’s Office of Justice Services and the Laguna Pueblo Tribal Police Department, and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Novaline D. Wilson.

Updated January 26, 2015