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New Mexico man found guilty for assaulting grandmother with gun

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CLOVIS, New Mexico -

(Press Release)

Ninth Judicial District Attorney, Andrea Reeb, announced that on August 15, 2018, Narcizo Soto, age 20, was found guilty by a Curry County jury of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon and two counts of Negligent Discharge of a Deadly Weapon. 

On March 9, 2017, Mr. Soto got into argument with his elderly grandmother and held a handgun to her head.  A neighbor saw the altercation and bravely intervened.  Mr. Soto then pointed the gun at the neighbor, threatened to shoot her, and fired it into the air twice before fleeing the scene.  Officers located Mr. Soto several days after. 

During trial, the neighbor testified that she did not initially realize the danger she was in when she came to her neighbor's rescue, but when the defendant fired the gun, it all “hit home.” 

The Honorable Fred Van Soelen sentenced Soto the maximum of two years in the Department of Corrections and found that Mr. Soto's crimes were serious violent offenses. which, under New Mexico law, requires the defendant to serve a minimum of 85% of his prison sentence.  Judge Van Soelen noted that the neighbor acted very bravely but was clearly affected by the events. 

This case was prosecuted by Arwen Gaddis and Lara Maierhofer, Assistant District Attorneys.  Mr. Soto was represented by Criminal Defense Attorney, Sandra Gallagher.

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