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Member of the Mescalero Apache Tribe sentenced to two years in federal prison for domestic assault

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

ALBUQERQUE, N.M. – Drew Beck, 36, of Mescalero, New Mexico, and an enrolled member of the Mescalero Apache Tribe, was sentenced in federal court on Oct. 4 to two years and five months in prison for domestic assault by a habitual offender.

According to the plea agreement and other court records, on March 2, 2020, Beck assaulted Jane Doe, his girlfriend at the time, at their shared residence in Otero County, New Mexico, on the Mescalero Apache Reservation. Beck grabbed the victim as she was trying to leave and dragged her by her leg into the living room. Beck threw the victim over the couch and started strangling her and stopped after law enforcement arrived. Jane Doe was taken to a medical center where she received care and a domestic violence examination.

Beck was convicted for similar incidents previously, on Aug. 4, 2011, for battery on a household member and on Nov. 9, 2017, for domestic violence.

Upon his release from prison, Beck will be subject to three years of supervised release.

The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) investigated this case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron O. Jordan prosecuted the case.

Updated October 29, 2021

Indian Country Law and Justice
Violent Crime
Press Release Number: 21-217