Navajo Man Receives 18-Month Prison Sentence for Federal Assault Conviction
ALBUQUERQUE – United States Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzales announced that, this morning in federal court in Albuquerque, Alvin Charley, 36, was sentenced to a 18-month term of imprisonment to be followed by three years of supervised release based on his federal assault conviction. The court indicated that it would schedule a hearing at a later date to address the issue of restitution to the victim of Charley’s assault. Charley, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Pinedale, New Mexico, has been in federal custody since his arrest on May 19, 2010.
According to the criminal complaint filed in the case, at approximately 1:00 a.m. on May 12, 2010, the Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety, Crownpoint Division (NNDPS) received a report regarding a stabbing incident that occurred at a residence in Pinedale, New Mexico within the boundaries of the Navajo Reservation. Upon arriving at the residence, the NNDPS officers learned that the victim had been stabbed twice – once on the chest and then again on the right side of his body – by Charley when he attempted to break up a fight between Charley and his brother. Medical providers who treated the victim opined that the injuries sustained by the victim were life threatening. Charley fled from the residence before the NNDPS officers arrived on the scene.
On June 10, 2010, Charley was charged in a two-count indictment with (1) assault resulting in serious bodily injury, and (2) assault with a dangerous weapon. Charley pled guilty to both offenses on December 7, 2010 under a plea agreement with the United States Attorney’s Office. In his plea agreement, Charley admitted stabbing his victim and caused his victim to suffer life threatening injuries and extreme pain.
The case was investigated by the NNDPS and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jack E. Burkhead.