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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Laguna Pueblo Man Sentenced to Thirty Months in Federal Prison for Assault Conviction

ALBUQUERQUE – Dennis George Cheresposy, 49, a member and resident of the Pueblo of Laguna, was sentenced this morning to 30 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release for his conviction on two assault charges.  The court deferred ruling until a later time the amount of restitution Cheresposy will be required to pay to cover the costs of medical treatment for the victims.

The sentence was announced by Acting U.S. Attorney Steven C. Yarbrough and DuWayne W. Honahni, Sr., Special Agent in Charge of District IV of BIA’s Office of Justice Services.

Cheresposy was arrested on Jan. 18, 2013, on a two-count indictment charging him with assault with a dangerous weapon, and assault resulting in serious bodily injury.  According to the indictment, Cheresposy used his fists and boots to assault a man on Oct. 20, 2011, and caused the victim to suffer serious injuries.

On July 30, 2013, Cheresposy pled guilty to Count 2 of the indictment, charging him with assault resulting in serious bodily injury, and a felony information charging him with using his hands and feet to assault a second man on May 3, 2012.  During his plea hearing, Cheresposy admitted that on Oct. 20, 2011, he kicked and punched a Laguna Pueblo man, who suffered multiple rib fractures as a result of the assault.  He also admitted that on May 3, 2012, he kicked and punched another Laguna Pueblo man who suffered a fractured eye orbit and bulging disc as a result of the assault.  Both assaults occurred within the Pueblo of Laguna.

This case was investigated by the Laguna Agency of the BIA’s Office of Justice Services and the Pueblo of Laguna Police Department and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Elaine Y. Ramirez.

Updated January 26, 2015