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New Laguna woman pleads guilty to assault upon a federal officer in Indian Country

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, announced that on Feb. 10, Lynnette Chavez pleaded guilty to assault upon a federal officer. Chavez, 36, of New Laguna, New Mexico, will remain in custody pending sentencing, which has not been scheduled.

In the plea agreement, Chavez admitted to assaulting a Laguna Police Officer by kicking them multiple times. The assault occurred on the Pueblo of Laguna.

At sentencing, Chavez faces up to two years in prison followed by up to three years of supervised release.

The Bureau of Indian Affairs investigated this case with the assistance of the Laguna Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Alexander F. Flores is prosecuting the case.

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Updated February 14, 2023

Indian Country Law and Justice
Press Release Number: 23-28