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Enrolled member of the Navajo Nation pleads guilty to federal assault charges

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

     ALBUQERQUE, N.M. – Quincee Zohnnie, 25, of Shiprock, New Mexico, and an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, pleaded guilty in federal court on Oct. 26 to assault with a dangerous weapon and retaliating against a victim in Indian Country. A sentencing date has not been scheduled.

     According to the plea agreement, on June 14, 2020, Zohnnie was riding in the passenger seat of his girlfriend’s car when they spotted John Doe sitting outside his home on the Navajo Nation, New Mexico. Zohnnie had an argument with John Doe before returning home and retrieving his firearm. Zohnnie returned to John Doe’s residence and fired multiple rounds at the house, which at the time of the incident was occupied by John Doe’s family including a minor child.

     By the terms of the plea agreement, Zohnnie faces eight years in prison.

     The Farmington Residency Agency of the FBI Albuquerque Field Office investigated this case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Alexander F. Flores is prosecuting the case.

Updated November 8, 2021

Indian Country Law and Justice
Violent Crime
Press Release Number: 21-220