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Crownpoint Man Sentenced to 41 Months in Prison for Federal Assault Conviction

U.S. Attorney’s Office November 05, 2012
  • District of New Mexico (505) 346-7274

ALBUQUERQUE—This morning, Frederick Jimmie, 22, was sentenced to a 41-month term of imprisonment for his assault conviction by a federal judge in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Jimmie, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Crownpoint, New Mexico, will be on supervised release for three years after he completes his prison sentence. Jimmie also was ordered to pay $39,258 in restitution to cover the medical costs of the victim.

U.S. Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzales said that Jimmie and his codefendant, Ronald Yazzie, 36, a member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Tohatchi, New Mexico, were charged with assaulting a Navajo man on February 2, 2011, in Crownpoint, which is located on the Navajo Indian Reservation.

Jimmie and Yazzie were indicted on September 14, 2011, and charged with two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon and one count of assault resulting in serious bodily injury. Both men were arrested on September 22, 2012, and have been in federal custody since that time.

On March 14, 2012, Jimmie and Yazzie each pled guilty to the assault resulting in serious bodily injury charge. In entering his guilty plea, Jimmie admitted that, on February 11, 2011, he and Yazzie assaulted the victim by punching and kicking him in the face. Jimmie also admitted that he later stabbed the victim in the chest and arms.

During his plea hearing, Yazzie admitted assaulting the victim by punching and kicking the victim in the face and driving his vehicle over the victim’s leg. Yazzie also acknowledged driving Jimmie to the place where Jimmie stabbed the victim. Yazzie is scheduled to be sentenced tomorrow morning.

Court filings reflect that the victim suffered several deep stab wounds, a broken fibula and ankle, broken orbital walls, and a broken nose as a result of the assault.

The two remaining counts of the indictment against Jimmie were dismissed after Jimmie was sentenced.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Roberto D. Ortega and was investigated by the Gallup Resident Agency of the FBI, with assistance from the Crownpoint Division of the Navajo Nation Department of Public Safety.

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