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Mescalero Apache Man Sentenced For Federal Assault Conviction

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

ALBUQUERQUE – Patrick Moquino, 39, an enrolled member of the Mescalero Apache Nation who resides in Mescalero, N.M., was sentenced today in federal court in Las Cruces, N.M., to 21 months in prison followed by 3 years of supervised release for his conviction on an assault charge.

            On June 13, 2018, Moquino pled guilty to assault resulting in serious bodily injury.   He admitted assaulting an Apache man on March 14, 2017, on the Mescalero Apache Indian Reservation in Otero County, N.M., by punching and kicking the victim while the victim was lying on the ground.  Moquino further admitted that the victim suffered a fractured nose and head trauma as the result of the assault.

            This case was investigated by the Las Cruces office of the FBI and the Mescalero Agency of the BIA’s Office of Justice Services and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron O. Jordan of the U.S. Attorney’s Las Cruces Branch Office.

Updated November 1, 2019

Violent Crime
Press Release Number: 18-229