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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of New Mexico

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Sandia Pueblo Man Pleads Guilty to Assaulting Tribal Police Officer

ALBUQUERQUE – Ricardo Lamagna, 21, a member and resident of Sandia Pueblo, N.M., pleaded guilty this morning to a felony information charging him with an assault with a dangerous weapon charge under a plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Lamagna was arrested on Aug. 8, 2014, on a criminal complaint charging him with assaulting a tribal police officer with a deadly weapon.  According to the criminal complaint, Lamagna assaulted an officer of the Pueblo of Sandia Tribal Police Department in the early hours of Aug. 5, 2014, by firing a gun in the vicinity of the tribal police officer.  The assault occurred on Sandia Pueblo in Bernalillo County, N.M., after the tribal officer responded to a domestic violence call from Lamagna’s residence.  The tribal police officer was not injured.

During today’s proceedings, Lamagna entered a guilty plea to an assault with a deadly weapon charge, and admitted assaulting a tribal police officer with a handgun on Aug. 5, 2014.  At sentencing, Lamagna faces a statutory maximum penalty of ten years in federal prison.  His sentencing hearing has yet to be scheduled.

This case was investigated by the Albuquerque office of the FBI with assistance from the Pueblo of Sandia Tribal Police Department, and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney David Adams.

Updated January 26, 2015