Mescalero Man Pleads Guilty to Domestic Assault

Alexander M.M. Uballez, United States Attorney for the District of New Mexico, announced today that Ashton Louis Apachito pleaded guilty in federal court to assault of an intimate partner by strangling. Apachito, 19, of Mescalero and an enrolled member of the Mescalero Apache Tribe, will remain in custody pending sentencing, which has not been scheduled.

Ashton Louis Apachito, a Mescalero resident, was charged with domestic assault after he allegedly strangled a woman. A preliminary and detention hearing for Apachito was scheduled for Sept. 15, 2023, according to court documents. Apachito remained in custody until his court date.

The criminal complaint against Apachito stated that he attempted to choke or suffocate the woman on July 19, 2023.  Apachito allegedly lost his temper and also bit the woman on the cheek and his family reported the incident to the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

According to publicly available DOJ documents, on July 19, 2023, the details of Apachito's assaulted of his girlfriend, Jane Doe, at his mother’s house include following the incident, Jane Doe left the residence to stay with her mother. Over the next several days, Apachito harassed Jane Doe by phone and threatened to throw all of her belongings in the road. On July 29, Jane Doe returned to the residence to collect her belongings, at which time Apachito attacked Jane Doe, pushing her to the ground, kicking her in the stomach multiple times and choking her. The next morning, Jane Doe called her mother and asked her to pick her up. Jane Doe’s mother reported the domestic violence to BIA and Jane Doe was transported to the Lincoln County Medical Center for treatment.

At sentencing, Apachito faces up to 10 years imprisonment.

The Bureau of Indian Affairs investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Eliot Neal is prosecuting the case.

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