ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A Laguna Pueblo man is expected to be arraigned later this week in tribal court on misdemeanor charges in the death of a 19-year-old bicyclist who was killed on a 2010 cross-country bike trip to raise awareness and money for breast cancer research.
The Albuquerque Journal reports that Laguna Pueblo prosecutors filed the misdemeanor charges last week against 57-year-old Gilbert Waconda in the death of John Anczarski of Ringtown, Pa., on tribal land.
Dave Adams, Laguna Pueblo's chief prosecutor, says a 1968 federal law limits tribal courts to hearing misdemeanor crimes and sets the maximum penalty for conviction at one year in jail.
U.S. Attorney Kenneth Gonzales announced in September that his office lacked evidence to pursue felony charges against Waconda.
Information from: Albuquerque Journal
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