New Mexico man sentenced for assault in Colorado jail

Denver, Colorado (AP) November 2010
 
A New Mexico man convicted of assaulting a federal officer in a Colorado tribal jail has been sentenced to over four years in prison.

Ronald Romero of Gallup was sentenced to 51 months in federal prison last week in Durango. He had faced up to 20 years.

The office of U.S. Attorney John Walsh said Romero was taken back into custody immediately.

In September Romero, a member of the Nambe Pueblo tribe, was convicted of assaulting a Bureau of Indian Affairs officer in the Ute Mountain Ute jail in Towaoc in 2008. Authorities say he grabbed the officer’s face and gouged at his eye, scratching the officer’s cornea.



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