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Non-Indian Man From Albuquerque Pleads Guilty to Assaulting Isleta Pueblo Woman

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

ALBUQUERQUE – Gabby G. Andrade, 36, a non-Indian from Albuquerque, N.M., pleaded guilty this morning to an indictment charging him with assaulting an Indian woman, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Steven C. Yarbrough, Special Agent in Charge DuWayne W. Honahni, Sr., of District IV of BIA’s Office of Justice Services, and Chief Kevin Mariano of the Isleta Pueblo Tribal Police Department.

Andrade was arrested in Sept. 2013, on an indictment charging him with assault resulting in serious bodily injury.  According to the indictment, Andrade assaulted an Indian woman on July 19, 2010, in a location within Isleta Pueblo. 
Today, Andrade pleaded guilty to the indictment and admitted assaulting the victim, his intimate partner, by striking her in the head, face and body numerous times with a closed fist.  He further admitted that the victim suffered a bilateral nasal bone fracture, a displaced nasal septum fracture, and a left occipital bone fracture.  Andrade also acknowledged that he is not an Indian and the victim is a member of Isleta Pueblo

Andrade has been in federal custody since his arrest and remains detained pending his sentencing hearing, which has yet to be scheduled.  Under the terms of his plea agreement, Andrade will be sentenced to 22 months in federal prison followed by a term of supervised release to be determined by the court.

This case was investigated by the Southern Pueblos Agency of BIA’s Office of Justice Services and the Isleta Pueblo Tribal Police Department and is being prosecuted by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney David Adams.  The case was brought pursuant to the Tribal Special Assistant U.S. Attorney (Tribal SAUSA) Pilot Project in the District of New Mexico which is sponsored by the Justice Department’s Office on Violence Against Women under a grant administered by the Pueblo of Laguna.  The Tribal SAUSA Pilot Project seeks to train tribal prosecutors in federal law, procedure and investigative techniques to increase the likelihood that every viable violent offense against Native women is prosecuted in either federal court or tribal court, or both.  The Tribal SAUSA Pilot Project was largely driven by input gathered from annual tribal consultations on violence against women, and is another step in the Justice Department's on-going efforts to increase engagement, coordination and action on public safety in tribal communities.

Updated January 26, 2015