Kirtland Man Sentenced to 10 Years in Federal Prison for Discharging a Firearm During a Crime of Violence
Defendant Prosecuted as Part of Federal Initiative to Address the Epidemic Incidence of Violence Against Native Women
|U.S. Attorney’s Office September 05, 2013|
ALBUQUERQUE—Harold Pete, 29, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Kirtland, New Mexico, was sentenced this afternoon to 10 years in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for discharging a firearm during a crime of violence. The sentence was announced by Acting U.S. Attorney Steven C. Yarbrough; Carol K.O. Lee, Special Agent in Charge of the Albuquerque Division of the FBI; and John Billison, Director of the Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety.
Pete was arrested on January 1, 2013, and was charged in a criminal complaint with assault with a dangerous weapon, use of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence, and aggravated burglary. He has been in federal custody since his arrest.
In April 2013, Pete entered a guilty plea to a criminal information charging him with the use and discharge of a firearm during and in relation to an assault with a dangerous weapon. In his plea agreement, Pete admitted discharging a firearm during an assault on December 30, 2012. Pete admitted firing a shotgun at the door of his estranged wife’s residence in Ojo Amarillo, New Mexico, which is in the Navajo Indian Reservation, and discharging the shotgun again after he was inside the residence. At the time, two women, including his estranged wife, and four minor children were in the residence.
This case was investigated by the Farmington Office of the FBI and the Shiprock Office of the Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety, and it was prosecuted by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney David M. Adams.
The case was brought pursuant to the Tribal Special Assistant U.S. Attorney (Tribal SAUSA) Pilot Project, which is sponsored by the Justice Department’s Office on Violence Against Women and seeks to train tribal prosecutors in federal law, procedure, and investigative techniques to increase the likelihood that every viable violent offense against Native women is prosecuted in either federal court or tribal court or both. The Tribal SAUSA Pilot Project was largely driven by input gathered from annual tribal consultations on violence against women and is another step in the Justice Department’s on-going efforts to increase engagement, coordination, and action on public safety in tribal communities.