Member of Navajo Nation pleads guilty to federal assault charges in Indian Country
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Dieter D. Douglas, 34, of Shiprock, New Mexico, pleaded guilty in federal court in Albuquerque on July 14 to two counts of assault of an intimate partner by strangling or suffocating. The charges arose in Indian Country and were part of a superseding indictment.
According to his plea agreement, Douglas, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, admitted to strangling the victim on two separate occasions, while in San Juan County, New Mexico, within the exterior boundaries of the Navajo Indian Reservation. Douglas first admitted to covering his intimate partner’s mouth with his hand and also placing his hand around her neck to impede her breathing and blood flow during a fight on October 3, 2018. Douglas further admitted that he strangled the same victim again on May 4, 2019, during which time the victim reported losing consciousness.
Douglas is currently in custody pending sentencing. He faces up to ten years of imprisonment for each of the charges to which he has pled guilty.
The FBI and the Navajo Nation Criminal Investigation Office in Shiprock, New Mexico investigated this case. Assistant U.S Attorney Novaline D. Wilson is prosecuting the case.