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December 2, 2014

Two Members of Laguna Pueblo Sentenced for Convictions Arising Out of Drive-By Shooting of Acoma Pueblo Home

ALBUQUERQUE—Two members of Laguna Pueblo were sentenced this morning in federal court for assault convictions arising out of the drive-by shooting of an Acoma Pueblo home. Preston Chino, 22, and Cameron Joseph Kasero, 21, were each sentenced to 96 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release.

Chino and Kasero, together with co-defendants Andrea Carrillo, 22, and Joseph Edward Lucero, 25, were indicted on assault and firearms offenses in July 2013. The indictment alleged that the quartet assaulted two men and a woman on Dec. 9, 2012, by discharging firearms at a residence located in Acoma Pueblo in Cibola County, N.M.

Chino entered a guilty plea on Aug. 27, 2014, to an assault charge, and admitted aiding Kasero and Lucero in assaulting the three victims by providing them with shotguns and ammunition. He also admitted driving his co-defendants to the victims’ Acoma Pueblo home where they discharged the shotguns multiple times in the direction of the residence.

Kasero entered a guilty plea to an assault charge on Sept. 2, 2014. During his plea hearing, Kasero admitted assaulting the victims by discharging a shotgun at a residence while it was occupied by the victims.

Carrillo also pled guilty to an assault charge on Sept. 2, 2014, and admitted aiding the assault on the victims by providing her co-defendants with directions to the residence with the understanding that her co-defendants intended to commit an assault at that location. Carrillo is scheduled for sentencing on Jan. 20, 2015, when she faces a statutory maximum penalty of ten years in prison.

Lucero entered a guilty plea to an assault charge on Sept. 9, 2014, and admitted repeatedly discharging a weapon at the victims’ residence. Under the terms of his plea agreement, Lucero will be sentenced to a prison term within the range of 72 to 96 months. Lucero’s sentencing hearing is scheduled for Dec. 9, 2014.

This case was investigated by the Albuquerque office of the FBI, the Laguna/Acoma Agency of the BIA’s Office of Justice Services, the Acoma Pueblo Tribal Police and the Pueblo of Laguna Tribal Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kyle T. Nayback is prosecuting the case.

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