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Chinle Man Sentenced to 20 Years for Assaulting Police Officer

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Arizona

     PHOENIX – Kevin Ray Yellowman Sr., 34, of Chinle, Ariz., was sentenced by Senior U.S. District Judge Susan R. Bolton to 240 month of imprisonment, to be followed by five years of supervised release. Yellowman had previously pleaded guilty to assault with a dangerous weapon and using a firearm in a crime of violence.


     On Sept. 8, 2015, a Navajo Nation Police Officer responded to Yellowman’s residence for a domestic disturbance call. Yellowman assaulted the officer, obtained the officer’s duty weapon, and discharged the firearm. Yellowman then pointed the firearm at the officer and other family members. Yellowman fled the home and later surrendered to law enforcement. Yellowman is an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, as is the officer who was assaulted.


     The investigation in this case was conducted by Navajo Nation Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The prosecution was handled by Kiyoko Patterson, Assistant U.S. Attorney, District of Arizona, Phoenix.



RELEASE NUMBER: 2017-031_Yellowman


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Updated April 13, 2017

Indian Country Law and Justice
Press Release Number: CR-15-08204-PCT-SRB / 2017-031_Yellowman