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Date: 03-28-2024

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United States of America v. Phillip Edward Lahi, Sr.

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Court: The United States District Court for the District of New Mexico

Plaintiff's Attorney: The United States Attorney’s Office for Albuquerque

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Zuni Man Sentenced to Prison for Sexual Contact of a Minor

A federal judge handed down an eight-year prison sentence to a Zuni man after he pleaded guilty to abusive sexual contact in Indian Country. Upon his release from prison, Phillip Edward Lahi, Sr., 72, an enrolled member of the Pueblo of Zuni, will be subject to five years of supervised release with standard sex-offender-specific conditions, and must register as a sex offender. Lahi, Sr. must also pay a fine of $83,400.00 to offset the costs associated with his incarceration and supervised release.

There is no parole in the federal system.

According to publicly available court records, between November and December of 2021, Lahi, Sr. engaged in sexual contact with Jane Doe, a child relative under the age of 12.

U.S. Attorney Alexander M.M. Uballez and Raul Bujanda, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Albuquerque Field Office, made the announcement today.

The Gallup Resident Agency of the FBI Albuquerque Field Office investigated this case with assistance from the Zuni Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Brittany DuChaussee prosecuted the case.


Defendant was found guilty and sentenced to an eight-year prison sentence

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