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Pueblo of Picuris, New Mexico

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Former Picuris Police Chief Fabian Mascarenas pleaded guilty Dec. 13 to using excessive force on a 17-year-old boy -and agreed to give up his police certification and to spend six months in home detention. He admitted using excessive force on the juvenile, identified in court documents as Mike Segura, at the pueblo governor's complex Nov. 9, 1999. Details of the incident -or of the teen's injuries -were not released. U.S. Attorney Norman Bay said Mascarenas could have faced up to a year in prison and a $250,000 fine for the misdemeanor crime of depriving an individual of his right to be free from excessive force. Under the plea agreement, he would spend six months in home detention and six months on probation and would be fined no more than $100,000. A firm sentencing date has not been set. As a condition of his guilty plea, Mascarenas agreed to relinquish all his law enforcement certifications and to not seek future certification.

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