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Fruitland Man Sentenced to 8 Years in Prison for Sexual Abuse

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 Derek Lorin Blackhorse was sentenced to 97 months in prison. Blackhorse, 34, of Fruitland and an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, pleaded guilty to attempted sexual abuse on April 27, 2023.

According to court documents, on May 28, 2021, while intoxicated, Blackhorse attempted to engage in sexual intercourse with the victim, Jane Doe, while she was sleeping in her bed at her home.

Upon his release from prison, Blackhorse must register as a sex offender and will be subject to 20 years on supervised release.

The Farmington Resident Agency of the FBI Albuquerque Field Office investigated this case. Assistant United States Attorney Nicholas J. Marshall is prosecuting the case as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice (DOJ) to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse.  Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and DOJ’s Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims.  For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit

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Updated September 6, 2023

Indian Country Law and Justice
Press Release Number: 23-212