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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of New Mexico

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, June 14, 2019

MAN FROM CHIMAYO, N.M., PLEADS GUILTY TO ASSAULT RESULTING IN SERIOUS BODILY INJURY IN INDIAN COUNTRY

ALBUQUERQUE – Ricky Martinez, 27, of Chimayo, N.M., pleaded guilty in federal court on June 13, 2019, to assault resulting in serious bodily injury in Indian Country.

In Martinez’s plea agreement, he admitted committing this offense in Rio Arriba County on September 2, 2017.  Martinez assaulted the victim by stabbing him with a knife in the face, neck, chest, and back causing extreme pain.  The assault happened within the boundaries of Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo.  The victim is an Indian.  Martinez is not an Indian.

Martinez is currently in custody awaiting sentencing.  He faces 41 to 51 months in prison.        

The Santa Fe office of the FBI investigated this case with the Ohkay Owingeh Police Department.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Allison C. Jaros is prosecuting the case.

Press Release Number: 
19-86
Updated July 11, 2019