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Enrolled member of the Navajo Nation sentenced to seven years in federal prison for assault in Indian Country

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

          ALBUQERQUE, N.M. – Marty Manuelito, 46, of Albuquerque, and an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, was sentenced in federal court on Aug. 13 to seven years in prison for assault resulting in serious bodily injury in Indian Country.

          Manuelito pleaded guilty on Nov. 5, 2020. According to the plea agreement, on Apr. 23, 2017, Manuelito and two accomplices assaulted John Doe at his residence on the Navajo Nation. Manuelito, along with Derwin Williams, 44, and Joelson Talk, 45, attacked the victim to retrieve a firearm. As a result of the attack, the victim suffered multiple lacerations to his forehead, mouth and wrist, a broken tooth, and fractures to his spine and nose. The victim also sustained a concussion and required immediate medical attention for his injuries.

          Upon completion of his sentence, Manuelito will be subject to three years of supervised release.

          Williams pleaded guilty on June 5, 2020, and was sentenced on Oct. 21, 2020, to three years in prison. Talk pleaded guilty on July 24, 2020, and on May 18 was sentenced to nine years and nine months in prison.

          The Farmington Resident Agency of the FBI Albuquerque Field Office and the Navajo Nation Police Department investigated this case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Nicholas Marshall prosecuted the case.

Updated September 9, 2021

Indian Country Law and Justice
Violent Crime
Press Release Number: 21-181