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Member of Navajo Nation sentenced to 27 months in federal prison for burglary in Indian Country

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

            ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Eric Martinez, 33, of Mentmore, New Mexico, was sentenced on Aug. 27 in federal court in Albuquerque to 27 months in prison for residential burglary.

            On Feb. 19, 2016, Martinez broke into the victims’ home in McKinley County, New Mexico, within the exterior boundaries of the Navajo Nation. Martinez entered the home and stole an array of personal items worth more than $60,000. Martinez also possessed a dangerous weapon while committing the crimes.

            Martinez, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, must also serve a one-year term of supervised release after completing his sentence.

            The Navajo Nation Police Department and the Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety-Criminal Investigations services investigated this case.  Assistant U.S. Attorney David P. Cowen prosecuted the case.

Updated September 10, 2020

Press Release Number: 20-156