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Manuelito man sentenced to 15 years in prison for sexually abusing a child in Indian Country

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

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Roland Yazzie, 47, of Manuelito, New Mexico, and an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, was sentenced in federal court today to 15 years and eight months in prison for abusive sexual contact in Indian Country. Yazzie pleaded guilty on Oct. 14, 2021.

In his plea agreement, Yazzie admitted that between June 1, 2016, and May 31, 2019, he engaged in sexual contact with a child, identified in court records as Jane Doe. At time of the abuse, the victim was between seven and nine years old. The abuse occurred at the home of the victim’s mother in McKinley County, New Mexico, on the Navajo Nation.

 Upon his release from prison, Yazzie will be subject to five years of supervised release and must register as a sex offender.

The Gallup Resident Agency of the FBI Albuquerque Field Office investigated this case with assistance from the Navajo Nation Department of Criminal Investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Elisa Dimas prosecuted the case.

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Updated May 13, 2022

Indian Country Law and Justice
Press Release Number: 22-112