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For Immediate Release

February 09, 2011 DUSM James Badway, District of New Mexico (505) 462-2334
Fugitive Receives 100-Month Prison Sentence for Assaulting a Deputy United States Marshal

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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