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Mescalero Man Sentenced for Domestic Violence

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

ALBUQUERQUE – A Mescalero man was sentenced to 41 months in prison after pleading guilty to assault of an intimate partner resulting in substantial bodily injury.

According to court documents, on October 4, 2022, Jaydyn Diamond Lester, 20, an enrolled member of the Mescalero Apache Tribe, assaulted his intimate partner by shooting her repeatedly with a BB gun and then striking her in the head several times with the butt end of the BB gun when she tried to leave the residence.

As a result of the assault, the victim suffered bruising and a large eight-centimeter laceration to her head, requiring six staples to close.

After completing his term of imprisonment, Lester will be required to serve 2 years of supervised release. There is no parole in the federal system.

U.S. Attorney Alexander M.M. Uballez and Raul Bujanda, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, made the announcement today.

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 April 11, 2024

Indian Country Law and Justice
Press Release Number: 24-142