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Mescalero Man Sentenced to 2 Years Supervised Release for Domestic Abuse

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

ALBUQUERQUE – Alexander M.M. Uballez, United States Attorney for the District of New Mexico, announced that Danny Deron Morgan was sentenced to a time-served sentence of 53 days and 2 years of supervised release. Morgan, 51, of Mescalero, an enrolled member of the Mescalero Apache Tribe, pled guilty on Oct. 25, 2023, to assault of a spouse, intimate partner, or dating partner resulting in substantial bodily injury in Indian Country.

A federal grand jury returned a superseding indicted against Morgan on Aug. 16, 2023. According to publicly available court records, on Feb. 20, 2023, Morgan invited Jane Doe to the residence he had been staying at in Mescalero. After she arrived, Morgan became upset with Jane Doe, and she attempted to leave the residence. This upset Morgan more and he grabbed Jane Doe by her hair, pushed her down on to the bed, straddled her chest and pushed down on her throat with his hands. Hearing a commotion, the owner of the residence forced his way into the bedroom and pulled Morgan off Jane Doe, who fled the residence. As a result of the assault, Jane Doe suffered short-term disfigurement including bruising, lacerations, and petechiae.

The Bureau of Indian Affairs investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Eliot Neal is prosecuting the case.

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Updated February 29, 2024

Indian Country Law and Justice
Press Release Number: 24-87