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Santo Domingo Woman Pleads Guilty to Assault on a Federal Officer

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, and Raul Bujanda, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Albuquerque Field Office, announced that Henryetta John pled guilty to assault on a federal officer. John, 30, of Santo Domingo, New Mexico, and a member of the Pueblo of Santo Domingo, will remain in custody until she can be released for substance-abuse treatment.

According to court documents, on Oct. 20, 2021, John was stopped on suspicion of DWI by a federal officer from the Bureau of Indian Affairs. When the officer tried to place John under arrest, she slipped the handcuffs and physically assaulted the officer, causing them to roll down a hillside. The officer sustained injuries as a result of the altercation.

At sentencing, John faces up to 20 years in prison.

The FBI Albuquerque Field Office investigated this case with assistance from the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Sandoval County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney Nicholas J. Marshall is prosecuting the case.

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Updated August 10, 2023

Indian Country Law and Justice
Press Release Number: 23-176