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Mescalero Man Pleads Guilty to Assault on Federal Officer

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

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Alexander M.M. Uballez, United States Attorney for the District of New Mexico, and Raul Bujanda, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Albuquerque Field Office, announced that Jeremy Daniel Dennis pled guilty to assault on a federal officer in Indian Country. Dennis, 43, of Mescalero, and an enrolled member of the Mescalero Apache Tribe, will remain in custody pending sentencing, which has not been scheduled.

According to court documents, on Dec. 25, 2022, Dennis assaulted a BIA Officer conducting a welfare check on him by hitting and kicking the officer, wrestling the officer to the ground, and rubbing pepper spray in the officer’s face. The incident occurred in Otero County, New Mexico, within the bounds of the Mescalero Apache Reservation.

At sentencing, Dennis faces up to 8 years in prison followed by 3 years of supervised release.

The Las Cruces Resident Agency of the FBI Albuquerque Field Office investigated this case with assistance from the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Assistant United States Attorney Eliot Neal is prosecuting the case.

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Updated June 27, 2023

Indian Country Law and Justice
Press Release Number: 23-136