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Mescalero Man Pleads Guilty to Domestic Violence

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

ALBUQUERQUE – A Mescalero man pleaded guilty in federal court to assaulting his intimate partner by strangling her.

In his plea agreement, Ronnie Pernell Evans admitted that on November 8, 2023, he assaulted his intimate partner, Jane Doe. Evans and Jane Doe were outside her home arguing when he shoved her and grabbed her by her throat. Evans squeezed Jane Doe’s throat and pushed her backwards toward his vehicle until they tripped and fell to the ground.

Evans got back up and continued dragging Jane Doe towards his car until a neighbor intervened. Evans fled the scene. Responding officers later stopped Evans on Highway U.S. 70 and arrested him.

The Court ordered that Evans remain in custody pending sentencing, which has not been scheduled.

At sentencing, Evans faces 10 years in prison. Upon his release from prison, Evans will be subject to up to three years of supervised release.

U.S. Attorney Alexander M.M. Uballez made the announcement today.

The Bureau of Indian Affairs investigated this case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Joni Autrey Stahl is prosecuting the case.

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Updated June 13, 2024

Indian Country Law and Justice
Press Release Number: 24-213