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Zuni Pueblo Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Firearms and Residential Burglary Charges

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

ALBUQUERQUE – John David Lee Bacy, 24, a member and resident of Zuni Pueblo, N.M., pled guilty today to firearms and residential burglary charges.

Bacy was charged in a three-count indictment filed on March 23, 2016, with unlawfully possessing stolen firearms on Aug. 13 and 14, 2014, and with residential burglary on Aug. 13, 2014.  According to the indictment, Bacy committed these crimes on Zuni Pueblo in McKinley County, N.M.

During today’s proceedings, Bacy pled guilty to unlawfully possessing stolen firearms and committing a residential burglary on Aug. 13, 2014.  In entering the guilty plea, Bacy admitted entering a residence on the Zuni Indian Reservation, prying open a gun safe, and taking firearms without the owner’s authorization.  Bacy also admitted that he attempted to pawn three of the firearms the next day.

At sentencing, Bacy faces a maximum penalty of ten years in federal prison for possessing stolen firearms and a maximum penalty of three years for residential burglary.  Bacy remains in federal custody pending a sentencing hearing which has yet to be scheduled.

This case was investigated by the Zuni Pueblo Tribal Police Department and the McKinley County Sheriff’s Office.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph Spindle is prosecuting the case.

Updated July 20, 2016

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