Albuquerque man faces multiple charges stemming from scuffle with police

John Sena
John Sena

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – A man accused of brawling with police on camera will remain behind bars.

He entered a plea deal in District Court Monday and is already serving a seven-year sentence for violating his parole. Now, 36-year-old John Sena is facing multiple charges for an alleged altercation with police last month.

Officers say they originally responded to Candelaria and San Mateo about an alleged fight between Sena and his girlfriend.

Sena was arrested in June after an alleged scuffle with police was caught on camera. APD says he kicked an officer, went for another officer’s Taser, then tried to strangle him with his own lapel and radio cords.

He is now charged with several felonies from that day, including battery on a peace officer.

Sena has faced similar charges in the past. In a previous case, Sena was also convicted of battery upon a peace officer and sentenced to 11 years in prison.

After serving four years, he was released on parole. According to court records, his latest arrest for the alleged scuffle with police is a violation of that parole and he must now complete the remainder of his sentence in prison.

Court officials say, based on a new rule, if it wasn’t for that parole violation Sena would have been released without bond.

The courts also say the public safety assessment for Sena was low. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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