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Non-Indian Man from Santa Fe Sentenced for Trespassing and Damaging Property on Pojoaque Pueblo Land

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

ALBUQUERQUE – Derek I. Hunt, 28, of Santa Fe, N.M., was sentenced yesterday afternoon in federal court in Albuquerque, N.M., to a one-year term of probation for his conviction on misdemeanor charges of criminal trespass and criminal damage to property.


Hunt was charged in a criminal complaint on Feb. 8, 2017, with misdemeanor criminal trespass and criminal damage to property. The complaint alleged that in Aug. 2016, the Pojoaque Pueblo Governor banished Hunt, a non-Indian, from entering Pojoaque Pueblo lands. According to the complaint, Hunt reentered Pojoaque Pueblo on two occasions between Aug. 2016 and Jan. 2017, in violation of the Pueblo’s banishment resolution, and damaged a vehicle belonging to a Pojoaque Pueblo woman on Jan. 12, 2017.


On May 3, 2017, Hunt pled guilty to a misdemeanor information charging him with criminal trespass and criminal damage to property. In entering the guilty plea, Hunt admitted that although the Pueblo of Pojoaque had served him with an Order of Exclusion in Aug. 2016, he reentered the Pueblo on Jan. 5, 2017 and several times prior to Jan. 5, 2017. Hunt further admitted that on Jan. 5, 2017, he used a rock to damage the windshield of a vehicle on the Pojoaque Pueblo.


This case was investigated by the Northern Pueblos Agency of the BIA’s Office of Justice Services and the Pojoaque Pueblo Tribal Police Department, and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Elisa Dimas.


Updated August 15, 2017

Indian Country Law and Justice