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New Mexico man pleads guilty to punching federal officer

July 24, 2018

RUIDOSO, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico man has pleaded guilty to assaulting a Bureau of Indian Affairs police officer following a traffic stop.

Federal prosecutors say 31-year-old Nathan Little punched a BIA officer in the face in November while being booked into the Lincoln County Detention Center in southern New Mexico. Authorities say a traffic stop had revealed he had outstanding warrants.

Little pleaded guilty Friday in federal court in Ruidoso.

He faces a maximum prison term of eight years. A date for his sentencing hearing has not been set.

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