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Date: 03-30-2017

Case Style:

United States of America v. Audraina Veneno

Case Number: 1:15-cr-00778-WJ

Judge: William P. Johnson

Court: United States District Court for the District of New Mexico (Bernalillo County)

Plaintiff's Attorney: Raquel Ruiz-Velez

Defendant's Attorney: Alonzo J. Padilla

Description: Albuquerque, NM - Jicarilla Apache Woman Pleads Guilty to Federal Child Abuse Charge

Audriana Veneno, 23, an enrolled member of the Jicarilla Apache Nation who resides in Dulce, N.M., pled to a child abuse charge.

Veneno was arrested in March 2015, on an indictment charging her with assaulting the victim, a child under the age of 16 years. The indictment alleged that Veneno committed the crime on Nov. 6, 2014, on the Jicarilla Apache Indian Reservation in Rio Arriba County, N.M.

During todayís proceedings, Veneno pled guilty to an information charging her with child abuse. In entering the guilty plea, Veneno admitted that on Nov. 6, 2014, she intentionally and negligently permitted the victim, who was under the age of 18 years, to be placed in a situation that endangered the victimís life or health.

At sentencing, Veneno faces a maximum penalty of three years in federal prison.

This case was investigated by the Farmington office of the FBI and the Jicarilla Apache Tribal Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Raquel Ruiz-Velez is prosecuting the case.

Outcome: Guilty

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