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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Zuni Pueblo Man Pleads Guilty to Brandishing a Firearm During a Crime of Violence

ALBUQUERQUE – Shannon D. Concho, 35, a member of Zuni Pueblo, pleaded guilty this morning to brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Steven C. Yarbrough and Chief Timothy Trimble of the Zuni Pueblo Tribal Police Department. 

Concho was arrested in Oct. 2012, on an indictment charging him with three counts of assault with a dangerous weapon (a shotgun), being a felon in possession of a firearm, and brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence.   According to the indictment, Concho committed all five offenses on Oct. 2, 2011, within Zuni Pueblo.  At the time, Concho was prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition because he previously had been convicted of two felonies, involuntary manslaughter and aggravated assault.

Today, Concho pleaded guilty to Count 5 of the indictment charging him with brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence.  In his plea agreement, Concho admitted that on Oct. 2, 2011, he brandished a 12 gauge shotgun during and in furtherance of a crime of violence.   Concho admitted assaulting two men by pointing the shotgun at one man’s head and pushing the muzzle of the shotgun into the second man.

Concho has been in federal custody since his arrest on Oct. 24, 2012, and remains detained pending his sentencing hearing, which has yet to be scheduled.  Under the terms of his plea agreement, Concho will be sentenced to seven years in federal prison followed by a term of supervised release to be determined by the court.

This case was investigated by the Zuni Pueblo Tribal Police Department and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jacob A. Wishard.

Updated January 26, 2015