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Zuni Man Pleads Guilty to Firearm Offenses

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 FBI Albuquerque Field Office, announced that Nicholas Pinto has pled guilty to assault with a dangerous weapon resulting in serious bodily injury and discharging a firearm during a crime of violence in Indian Country. Pinto, 24, of Zuni, New Mexico, and an enrolled member of the Pueblo of Zuni, will remain in custody pending sentencing, which has not been scheduled.

According to the plea agreement, on Sept. 18, 2022, while at the home of the victim, identified as John Doe, Pinto started an argument with another guest at which point Doe asked him to leave. As Pinto left the residence, he told Doe that he would be “coming back.” Pinto returned to Doe’s house later that day with a sawed-off shotgun and knocked on the front door. When Doe answered, Pinto fired the shotgun at Doe with the intent to cause great bodily harm, striking Doe in the right leg. As Doe was laying on the ground, Pinto racked another shell in the shotgun, pointed the gun at Doe, and attempted to fire a second time, but the gun jammed. At that time, Pinto fled the scene and attempted to hide the firearm. John Doe suffered great bodily harm, including a large 12-inch gunshot wound to the right thigh. The incident occurred on the Zuni Pueblo.

Under the terms of the agreement, Pinto faces 10 years in prison followed by up to five years of supervised release.

The Gallup Resident Agency of the FBI Albuquerque Field Office investigated this case with assistance from the Zuni Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Matthew J. McGinley is prosecuting the case.

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Updated April 26, 2023

Indian Country Law and Justice
Press Release Number: 23-90