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For Immediate Release

January 27, 2017 District of New Mexico
Albuquerque Office (505) 346-6400;
Las Cruces Office (575) 527-6850
U.S. Marshals Remove Violent Offender from New Mexico’s Most Wanted
Albuquerque, NM - On January 27, 2017, U.S. Marshal Service, New Mexico’s Most Wanted Violent Offender James Sandoval was apprehended.

James Sandoval was apprehended by the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) on the San Felipe Pueblo. Sandoval was featured by on KOAT 7 as one of New Mexico’s Most Wanted Violent Offenders. BIA officers located Sandoval allegedly staying with his girlfriend and hiding in a shower in San Felipe Pueblo.

Sandoval was convicted of Conspiracy to Commit Murder in the 2nd Degree. In January 2003, he was sentenced to 21 years of which 15 of those years were suspended. Sandoval served 6 years and was placed on probation.

U.S. Marshal Conrad Candelaria stated “In no small measure, Deputy U.S. Marshals rely on strong partnerships with the law enforcement community In New Mexico and the media to assist in the ever important mission of pursuing dangerous and violent criminals. Due to the commitment of KOAT and the agents of BIA, a dangerous fugitive will be held accountable for the heinous crime committed".

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