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Fruitland resident sentenced to two years, three months in prison for assault with a dangerous weapon in Indian Country

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, announced today that Perfinna King was sentenced to two years and three months in prison. King, 43, of Fruitland, New Mexico, and an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, pleaded guilty on May 25 to assault with a dangerous weapon in Indian Country.

On Nov. 2, 2020, King swerved into the lane of another vehicle. The other driver pulled over, believing it was a relative playing a joke on him. Instead, it was King, who began cursing and threatening him. When the other driver took a photo of King’s license plate, King attempted to hit the driver with his vehicle. King then shot out the rear driver side window and the rear window with an air pistol.

The incident occurred in San Juan County, New Mexico, on the Navajo Nation.

Upon release from prison, King will be subject to three years of supervised release.

The Farmington Resident Agency of the FBI Albuquerque Field Office investigated this case with assistance from the Navajo Nation Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Nicholas J. Marshall prosecuted the case.

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Updated November 10, 2022

Violent Crime
Press Release Number: 22-243