United States Attorney for the District of New Mexico Alexander M.M. Uballez announced in a press release that Richard Mascarenas, 37, a resident and enrolled member of Taos Pueblo, pleaded guilty on Friday (Jan. 13) to one count each of kidnapping, assault resulting in serious bodily injury and assault of an intimate partner by strangling and suffocating.
According to the plea agreement and other court records, from Apr. 17, 2022, to May 4, 2022, Mascarenas assaulted Jane Doe and held her against her will at a residence in Taos Pueblo. In his plea, Mascarenas admitted that he would not allow Jane Doe to leave, contact her family or report the assaults because he feared repercussions.