ALBUQUERQUE ― A federal judge in Albuquerque has sentenced Thomas M. Navaho, 26 to 51 months of imprisonment based on his previously entered guilty plea to an assault charge.
Navaho, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Shiprock, was convicted of assaulting a Navajo man April 27, 2018, on the Navajo Indian Reservation in San Juan County. Court documents reflect that Navaho punched, kicked, choked and threatened to kill the victim because he believed the victim called the police regarding a fight Navaho previously had with another person.
The victim sustained serious bodily injuries, including bleeding on the brain, a broken rib, lacerations requiring stitches and a wound to his left hand, which became infected and required surgery, as a result of the assault.
This case was investigated by the Farmington Office of the FBI and the Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety, and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Nicholas J. Marshall.