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Previously Convicted Woman from Pinedale Charged with Escaping Custody

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

ALBUQUERQUE – Alexander M.M. Uballez, United States Attorney for the District of New Mexico, announced that Betrina Harry Grey appeared in federal court on an indictment charging her with escape. Betrina, 32, of Pinedale, and an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, will remain in temporary custody pending a detention hearing, which is scheduled for January 12, 2024.

According to the indictment, Grey knowingly escaped from custody at the Diersen Charities Residential Re-entry Center, an institutional facility in which she was lawfully confined to following her conviction for involuntary manslaughter and assault resulting in serious bodily injury on Nov. 11, 2022.

An indictment is only an allegation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. If convicted of the most serious allegation, Grey faces five years in prison followed by three years of supervised release.

The U.S. Marshals Service investigated this case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Nicholas J. Marshall is prosecuting the case.

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Updated January 10, 2024

Indian Country Law and Justice
Press Release Number: 24-14