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Ohkay Owingeh man arraigned for assault with a dangerous weapon 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 Jerry Segura, Jr., 34, an enrolled member of the Pueblo of Ohkay Owingeh, was arraigned in federal court on Feb. 13 on a two-count indictment charging him with assault with a dangerous weapon and using and carrying a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence. Segura will remain in custody pending trial, which is set for April 17, 2023.

A grand jury indicted Segura on Jan. 25. According to the indictment and other court records, on March 13, 2022, Segura and his father drunkenly drove to Segura’s then-girlfriend’s house. When they arrived at their destination, Segura fired at least 11 gunshots at or near her home from his car. Segura’s girlfriend, her daughter, and the daughter’s three-year-old son were in the home at the time. Segura fired directly at his girlfriend’s daughter when she spotted him through the living-room window. No one was hit by gunfire or otherwise injured.

The alleged assault occurred on the Pueblo of Ohkay Owingeh.

Segura was arrested on Feb. 8 and made an initial appearance in court on Feb. 9.

An indictment is only an allegation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. If convicted, Segura faces up to 10 years in prison for assault with a dangerous weapon and a minimum of  10 years in prison for discharging a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence.

The Bureau of Indian Affairs investigated this case with assistance from the Ohkay Owingeh Police Department and Espanola Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Zachary C. Jones is prosecuting the case.

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Updated February 14, 2023

Indian Country Law and Justice
Press Release Number: 23-26