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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of New Mexico

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, May 22, 2019

MAN FROM TOHATCHI, N.M., SENTENCED TO 240 MONTHS IN PRISON FOR KIDNAPPING AND SEXUAL ASSAULT IN INDIAN COUNTRY

ALBUQUERQUE – Ryan Thompson, 32, of Tohatchi, N.M. was sentenced in federal court yesterday to 240 months in prison for kidnapping and sexually assaulting his former girlfriend within the boundaries of the Navajo Nation. 

Thompson previously entered a guilty plea to these charges on February 5, 2019.  According to court documents, Thompson kidnapped the victim and her child at a gas station in Gallup, N.M. on November 15, 2017.  Thompson then drove them to a remote location where he brutally beat and sexually assaulted the victim throughout the night.  Thompson confined the victim and her child for a total of two days before she finally escaped and alerted law enforcement. 

            The FBI investigated the case.   Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph M. Spindle prosecuted the case. 

Press Release Number: 
19-63
Updated May 22, 2019