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Farmington Man Pleads Guilty to Arson

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

ALBUQUERQUE – 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 Ulrick Bruce Canyon pled guilty to arson of a dwelling. Canyon, 40, of Farmington and an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, will remain in custody pending sentencing, which has not been scheduled.

In his plea agreement, Canyon admitted to completely burning down a residence within the exterior boundaries of the Navajo Nation on Aug. 28, 2023. Canyon started the fire by pouring lighter fluid in the bedrooms of the residence, then, after lighting the fire, threw two propane tanks into the fire. Canyon then left the residence with a wheelbarrow full of his clothing, at which time he was intercepted by Navajo Nation Police officers.

At sentencing, Canyon faces up to life in prison.

The Farmington Resident Agency of the FBI Albuquerque Field Office with assistance from the Navajo Nation Police Department and the Navajo Department of Criminal Investigations investigated this case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew J. McGinley is prosecuting the case.

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Updated January 17, 2024

Indian Country Law and Justice
Press Release Number: 24-20