Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Defendant Convicted Of Assault, Kidnap.

Byline: Tara King Journal Staff Writer

An Albuquerque man was found guilty by a Valencia County jury Wednesday afternoon of kidnapping and assaulting a New Mexico State Police officer in 1999.

Frank Muniz, 52, was convicted in 13th Judicial District Court of kidnapping, aggravated assault of a peace officer, attempting to disarm a peace officer and escape from a peace officer.

The jury deliberated for just under two hours. Judge John Pope presided. Jury selection began last week, and the trial started Monday.

The case stems from an incident on Sept. 22, 1999, that began outside the Central New Mexico Correctional Facility when Muniz allegedly tried to hide two knives and a gun under a tree near the prison, according to court testimony. …

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