Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Former Correctional Officer in West Virginia Charged with Using Force to Punish Detainees and Submitting a False Incident Report

Adam Joseph Neal Graham, 26, of Elkins, West Virginia, was charged in a three-count indictment with violating the rights of two pretrial detainees at the Tygart Valley Regional Jail (TVRJ) and obstructing justice.  The indictment charges that Graham, while serving as a TVRJ correctional officer, assaulted and injured two pretrial detainees, and then submitted a false incident report to cover up his use of unlawful force.  The indictment alleges that Graham assaulted a detainee on February 15, 2015, and assaulted a second detainee on March 9, 2015.

An indictment is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.  If convicted of assaulting a pretrial detainee in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 242, Graham faces up to 10 years in federal prison for each violation.   Graham also faces up to 20 years in federal prison for submitting a false incident report in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1519. 

The case is being investigated by the FBI’s Pittsburgh Division.  Special Litigation Counsel Gerard Hogan and Trial Attorney Olimpia E. Michel of the Civil Rights Division’s Criminal Section, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah W. Montoro of the Northern District of West Virginia are prosecuting the case.

U.S. Marshals Service to Hold Auto Auction

Albuquerque, NM - The United States Marshals Service is holding an auto auction online. The online bidding opened 2/8/2017 at 6:00pm ET. Online auction begins to soft close on 2/27/2017 at 12:00pm ET. A "soft close" means if any bid is placed within the last five minutes at the close of the auction, the bid will automatically extend the closing time an additional 5 min. The auction company is Apple Auctioneering Co. which bids can be placed at Bidders must register at this site in order to bid.

There are 17 vehicles going to auction. The highlighted vehicles in the auction are a 2010 Chevrolet Equinox, 2011 Ford Expedition, 2012 Ducati 1199 Panigale, and a 2015 Ducati 1299 Panigale.

The vehicles can be viewed on 2/24/2017 between 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at 7601 San Pedro NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109.

Please contact Apple Auctioneering Co. at 505-823-9696, for immediate assistance or any questions regarding the on-line auction.

Friday, February 17, 2017

New Mexico’s Most Wanted Adds New Violent Offender

Albuquerque, NM - The United States Marshals Service in New Mexico added Hector Dominguez to the United States Marshals Service District of New Mexico “New Mexico’s Most Wanted Program.” Dominguez is wanted by the Chaves County Sheriff’s Office for Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon, Murder and Tampering with Evidence.

In September of 1997, it is alleged that Hector Armando Dominguez murdered Edward Sanchez out on River Road, east of Roswell in Chaves County. Edward Sanchez died from two gunshot wounds to the head.

If you receive any information regarding the above named individual, please contact the United States Marshals Service for the District of New Mexico. (505) 346-6400/Albuquerque or (575) 527-6850/Las Cruces.