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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Arizona

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, December 14, 2020

Fort Defiance Woman Sentenced to Prison for Assault with a Dangerous Weapon

PHOENIX, Ariz. – On November 19, Khadijha Louraye Keams, of Fort Defiance, Arizona, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Michael T. Liburdi to eight years in prison, followed by three years of supervised release. Keams previously pleaded guilty to one count of assault with a dangerous weapon. 

Keams admitted that in November 2019 she intentionally stabbed the victim multiple times in the chest and body with a knife before fleeing the scene. The assault took place on the Navajo Nation Indian Reservation, where Keams and the victim are tribal members.    

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Navajo Nation Department of Criminal Investigation conducted the investigation in this case. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Kiyoko Patterson and Amy Chang, District of Arizona, Phoenix, handled the prosecution.

CASE NUMBER:            CR-19-8262-PCT-MTL
RELEASE NUMBER:    2020-108_Keams

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Topic(s): 
Indian Country Law and Justice
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Press Release Number: 
2020-108_Keams
Updated December 14, 2020