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Kayenta man sentenced to 17.5 years in prison

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PHOENIX – A man from the Navajo Nation has been sentenced to 17.5 years in prison for a murder that happened in 2020.

Joshua John Todecheene, 30, of Kayenta, Ariz. was sentenced on March 21 to 17.5 years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release,  by U.S. District Judge Diane J. Humetewa. Todecheene...

Federal jury convicts Navajo man of manslaughter

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.E – A federal jury on March 10 returned a guilty verdict on Brian Tony, 50, of Gallup. The jury found Tony guilty of voluntary manslaughter.

Tony, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, was arrested on June 3, 2016, on a criminal complaint charging him with killing a man by stabbing him in the head and neck and hitting him with a hammer. Tony killed the victim on the Navajo Nation in McKinley County on May 9, 2016.  At the time, Tony was on supervised release for a prior conviction on a federal assault charge.

Tony, who was accompanied by his brother and his girlfriend, drove to a residence in Gallup and picked up the victim and the victim’s friend.  While at...

Shiprock man sentenced to 14 years in prison

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Convicted of sexual abuse of a minor

ALBUQERQUE, N.M. – Bryan Bull, 40, of Shiprock, N.M., and an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, was sentenced on March 15 in federal court to 14 years in prison for aggravated sexual abuse of a minor in Indian Country.

Bull pleaded guilty on Aug. 30, 2021. According to the plea agreement and other court records, on June 3, 2019, Bull and Jeremiah Elijah Jim, 32, of Teec Nos Pos, Ariz., and an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, used intimidation and force on then 14-year-old John Doe and sexually abused him.

The abuse took place in Shiprock on the Navajo Nation.

Upon his release from prison, Bull will be subject to five years of supervised...

Hatchet swinging robber quickly apprehended

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A Zuni man robbed another man and then threatened him with a hatchet.

On March 2, Gallup Police Officer Darius Johnson was dispatched to Carquest, 1012 W. Maloney Ave., where he met up with a man who said a young couple, a man and a woman, had stolen $400 from him.

The victim explained that the couple approached him near the intersection of  West Aztec Avenue and Dean Street. The man began to fight with the victim, and that’s when he took his wallet from his pants pocket.

The man explained that he tried to chase after his assailant. He caught up to them, and that’s when the man, later identified as Alexander Quam, 18, from Zuni, N.M., swung a hatchet at him. The victim backed...

High with a stolen truck

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A Gallup woman admitted to smoking fentanyl after police found her with a stolen truck.

On Feb. 11, around 4:08 pm, Gallup Police Officer Daniel Brown was dispatched to St. Joseph’s Soup Kitchen, 450 N. Fifth St., because someone had called the Metro Dispatch saying that two people were sitting in a truck and they were possibly on drugs. The caller said the pair seemed to be arguing.

While he was driving to the soup kitchen, Metro Dispatch told Brown that the National Crime Information Center was reporting the truck as a stolen vehicle.

When Brown arrived at the scene, he found a tan Chevy Silverado pick-up truck. He saw a man standing outside of the truck’s driver side’s door...

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