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Sanostee Man Sentenced for Assaulting Jail Guard

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

ALBUQUERQUE – A Sanostee man was sentenced to 19 months in prison for assaulting a jail guard and violating the terms of his supervised release.

There is no parole in the federal system.

According to court documents, on October 11, 2017, Zachariah Nez, 25, was sentenced to 72 months in prison for voluntary manslaughter. Upon his release from prison, Nez was placed on three years of supervised release.

On September 3, 2023, Nez was arrested for violating the conditions of his supervised release and was detained. While in custody, Nez punched a jail guard at Core Civic in Cibola County. The guard was uninjured.

After completing his term of imprisonment, Nez will be required to serve three years of supervised release.

U.S. Attorney Alexander M.M. Uballez made the announcement today.

The United States Marshal Service investigated this case with assistance from Core Civic. Assistant United States Attorney Joseph M. Spindle is prosecuting the case.

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Updated June 7, 2024

Indian Country Law and Justice
Press Release Number: 24-202