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Fruitland Man Pleads Guilty to Assault

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 that Elijah Cudei Etsitty pled guilty to assault resulting in serious bodily injury. Etsitty, 27, of Fruitland, and an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, will remain on conditions of release pending sentencing, which has not been scheduled.

According to court records, on June 27, 2021, Etsitty assaulted Jane Doe, which caused serious bodily injury, including head and facial injuries and seizure activity following the assault.

At sentencing, Etsitty faces up to ten years in prison followed by 3 years of supervised release.

The Farmington Resident Agency of the FBI Albuquerque Field Office investigated this case with assistance from the Shiprock Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Kimberly Bell is prosecuting the case.

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Updated November 7, 2023

Indian Country Law and Justice
Press Release Number: 23-262