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Crownpoint Man Sentenced to 12 Years in Prison for 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 was sentenced to 12 years in prison. Cook, 28, of Crownpoint, and an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, pled guilty to assault with a dangerous weapon and using and carrying a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence on April 11, 2023.

According to court documents, on Aug. 27, 2022, Cook got into an argument with John Doe 1 and his girlfriend outside the Crownpoint Trading convenience store. When an employee told Cook to leave, he fired multiple shots at the building from the back of a car. Later that evening, John Doe 1 and John Doe 2 confronted Cook at his home. A fight began and Cook shot both men. Doe 1 was shot in the left side of his chest/abdomen, which resulted in a collapsed lung. He was intubated to assist his breathing, given a chest tube to treat the collapsed lung and a blood transfusion, and underwent surgery to repair his injuries. Doe 2 was shot in the right elbow resulting in a radial fracture.

Upon his release from prison, Cook will be subject to 3 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 and the Navajo Department of Criminal Investigations. Assistant United States Attorney Nicholas J. Marshall is prosecuting the case.

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Updated September 20, 2023

Indian Country Law and Justice
Press Release Number: 23-232