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Zuni Man Pleads Guilty to Assault

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

ALBUQUERQUE – A Zuni man pleaded guilty in federal court to assault with a dangerous weapon.

In his plea agreement, Brian Aragon, 35, an enrolled member of the Zuni Pueblo, admitted that on June 19, 2019, he beat Jane Doe with a candelabra. As a result of the assault, Jane Doe suffered bodily injury.

The Court ordered that Aragon remain in custody pending sentencing, which has not been scheduled. At sentencing, Aragon faces up to 10 years in prison. Upon his release from prison, Aragon will be subject to three years of supervised release.

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

The Bureau of Indian Affairs investigated the case with the assistance of the Acoma Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Brittany DuChaussee and Alexander F. Flores are prosecuting the case.

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Updated May 10, 2024

Indian Country Law and Justice
Press Release Number: 24-171