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Crownpoint man pleads guilty to firearm offenses

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

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – 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 today that Derrick Cook pleaded guilty to assault with a dangerous weapon and using and carrying a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence. Cook, 28, of Crownpoint, New Mexico, and an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, will remain in custody which has not been scheduled.

According to the plea agreement, on Aug. 27, 2022, Cook got in an argument with some individuals outside the Crownpoint Trading convenience store. Later that evening, two individuals confronted Cook at his home. A fight began and Cook intentionally shot two of the individuals, identified as John Doe 1 and John Doe 2. Doe 1 suffered serious injury to his abdomen, requiring a long hospital stay and surgical repair, while Doe 2 was shot in the arm. The incident occurred on the Navajo Nation.

Under the terms of the agreement, Cook can be sentenced to up to 12 years in prison followed by up to 5 years of supervised release.

The Gallup Resident Agency of the FBI Albuquerque Field Office investigated this case with assistance from the Navajo Nation Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Nicholas J. Marshall is prosecuting the case.

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Updated April 12, 2023

Indian Country Law and Justice
Press Release Number: 23-76