ALBUQUERQUE — Josea Michael Kazhe, 20, of Mescalero, an enrolled member of the Mescalero Apache Tribe, was sentenced Dec. 8 to 18 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to assault resulting in serious bodily injury.
In his plea agreement, Kazhe admitted to assaulting another man with a chainsaw Dec. 24, 2019 on the Mescalero Apache Reservation.
The victim’s injury was so serious he required emergency transportation to University Medical Center in El Paso.
Following his prison term, Kazhe will serve two years of supervised release.
The FBI investigated this case with the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron O. Jordan prosecuted the case.