Albuquerque, NM - This morning, Senior
United States District Judge John E. Conway sentenced Albuquerque resident
Gilbert J. Turrieta, 45, to a 100-month term of imprisonment to be followed by
three-years supervised release based on his conviction for assaulting a Deputy
United States Marshal.
Turrieta has been in custody since his arrest on October 20, 2009. On August 20,
2010, a federal jury convicted Turrieta of assaulting a Deputy United States
Marshal after a two-day trial. Court records reveal that, on February 3, 2009, a
state warrant was issued for Turrieta’s arrest. Trial testimony established
that, on October 20, 2009, members of the Southwest Investigative Fugitive Team
(SWIFT), including Deputy United States Marshals, Bernalillo County Sheriff’s
officers and New Mexico State Probation and Parole officers, located and
arrested Turrietta after receiving a tip concerning his whereabouts. Turrietta
barricaded himself in a shed and resisted officers’ efforts to arrest him. When
the officers entered the shed to pull him out, Turrietta bit a Deputy U.S.
Marshal on the left forearm requiring medical attention. Turrietta eventually
was subdued and arrested. United States Marshal for the District of New Mexico,
Conrad Candelaria, said “Today’s court ruling echoes a strong message that
threats and violence against law enforcement officials will not be tolerated”.
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