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Tohatchi man sentenced to federal prison

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Charges include repeated assault, harassment

A man from Tohatchi is facing 37 months in prison after he allegedly tried to strangle his girlfriend.

According to court records, on Aug. 13, 2022, Anthony Joe, 38, assaulted the victim as she was trying to leave his residence. Joe, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation...

Mexican Springs man pleads guility to nailing woman to floor, killing her

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A man from Mexican Springs, New Mexico, named Timothy Chischilly recently pled guilty to second-degree murder.

Chischilly, 53, and an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation and his co-defendant, Stacey Yellowhorse, were indicted by a federal grand jury on Aug. 11, 2020. According to publicly available court documents, Chischilly and Yellowhorse, his then girlfriend, invited a woman to sleep over at Chilschilly’s house within the exterior boundaries of the Navajo Nation on the night of Jan. 23, 2020.

During the night, Chischilly and Yellowhorse killed the woman by nailing her to the floor, hammering a nail into her head, and bludgeoning her to death. Afterwards, Chischilly and...

85-year-old Tse Bonito man pleads guilty to abusive sexual contact

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A man from Tse Bonito, New Mexico is facing criminal charges after he allegedly sexually assaulted a minor.

In his plea agreement, Tom Tso, 85, admitted that between Aug. 4, 1998 and Oct. 11, 2000 he committed abusive sexual contact upon a minor under the age of 18. Specifically, he intentionally and directly touched her genitalia, groin, and inner thigh with an intent to gratify his sexual desires.

A federal grand jury issued a superseding indictment against Tso, a member of the Navajo Nation, on May 9.

Alexander M.M. Uballez, United States Attorney for the District of New Mexico, and Raul Bujanda, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Albuquerque Field Office, announced on Jan. 31...

Sanostee man charged with aggravated sexual abuse

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A man from Sanostee, New Mexico is facing criminal charges after he allegedly sexually assaulted a woman.

According to the indictment, between Dec. 2 and Dec. 3, 2023, Nathan Mescale made a woman engage in a sexual act by using force.

Alexander M.M. Uballez, United States Attorney for the District of New Mexico, and Raul Bujanda, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Albuquerque Field Office, announced on Jan. 30 that 34-year-old Mescale, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, appeared in federal court on an indictment charging him with aggravated sexual abuse. Mescale will remain in custody pending trial.

An indictment is only an allegation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless...

Tohatchi man receives federal prison sentence for assault

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A man from Tohatchi is facing 37 months in prison after he allegedly tried to strangle his girlfriend.

According to court records, on Aug. 13, 2022, Anthony Joe, 38, assaulted the victim as she was trying to leave his residence. Joe, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, punched the woman with a closed fist in the back of her head and in her side while she was holding their child, then kicked her in the back and pulled her away from the door by her hair. The victim eventually escaped from the residence without her child and ran to a nearby gas station where she called law enforcement.

When the victim was later interviewed by the FBI regarding the incident, she reported that Joe used...

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