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Julianna Rosynelle Venego, 29, a member of the Mescalero Apache Tribe who resides in Mescalero, was sentenced Aug. 24 in federal court in Las Cruces, for an assault conviction. Venego was sentenced to 21 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release.
Venego was arrested on July 11, 2013, on a criminal complaint alleging that she drove a vehicle while a defendant in a separate case, Rufus Juan Lester, 23, also a member of the Mescalero Apache Tribe, fired multiple shots at a residence located on the Mescalero Apache Reservation in the early hours of Nov. 24, 2012. Venego was subsequently indicted on Oct. 16, 2013, and charged with two-counts of assault with a dangerous weapon with intent to do bodily harm.