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Member of Navajo Nation Sentenced to 57 Months for Assault with a Dangerous Weapon in Indian Country

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

ALBUQUERQUE – 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 Alvin White was sentenced to 57 months in prison. White, 54, of Little Water, New Mexico, and an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, pleaded guilty to assault with a dangerous weapon and entered into an agreement with the government on February 1, 2023. In his plea agreement, White also agreed to cooperate and provided testimony in the now-concluded trial against his co-defendant, Raydell Billy.

According to court documents, on the evening of April 11, 2022, White and his co-defendants, Raydell Billy and Raynorma Billy, burst into John Doe’s home and attacked him. At Raydell’s trial, White testified that he and Raydell Billy attacked John Doe with the intent to commit bodily harm. He testified that they both hit John Doe and that Raydell Billy discharged a firearm in John Doe’s direction. After Raydell Billy discharged the round and rapped the pistol across John Doe’s skull, the three assailants left, and in anger one of them riddled John Doe’s car with bullet holes.

Raynorma Billy pleaded guilty on February 28, 2023, to being a conspirator, admitting that she, Raydell Billy, and Alvin White discussed and agreed to assault John Doe. Raynorma was sentenced to time served, followed by three years of supervised release. Raydell was found guilty of assault with a dangerous weapon on March 8, 2023, and sentenced to 120 months in prison.

This case was investigated by the Farmington office of the Federal Bureau Investigation and by Navajo Nation Office of Criminal Investigations.  It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Alexander F. Flores and Matthew J. McGinley.

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Updated January 24, 2024

Indian Country Law and Justice
Press Release Number: 24-29