ALBUQUERQUE ― Ryan Thompson, 32, of Tohatchi, N.M. was sentenced in federal court to 240 months in prison for kidnapping and sexually assaulting his former girlfriend within the boundaries of the Navajo Nation.
Thompson previously entered a guilty plea to these charges Feb. 5, 2019. According to court documents, Thompson kidnapped the victim and her child Nov. 15, 2017 at a gas station in Gallup. Thompson then drove them to a remote location where he brutally beat and sexually assaulted the victim throughout the night. Thompson confined the victim and her child for a total of two days before she finally escaped and alerted law enforcement.
The FBI investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph M. Spindle prosecuted the case.