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Navajo Man from Littlewater Pleads Guilty to Assaulting Federally Commissioned Tribal Officer

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

ALBUQUERQUE – Eugene Kuhn, 52, a member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Littlewater, N.M., pleaded guilty today in federal court in Albuquerque, N.M., to assaulting a federal officer with a dangerous weapon.  Under the terms of his plea agreement, Kuhn will be sentenced to 18 months in federal prison followed by a term of supervised release to be determined by the court.

Kuhn was arrested on June 14, 2015, on a criminal complaint charging him with assaulting a federal officer on the Navajo Indian Reservation in San Juan County, N.M.  Kuhn was arrested after attacking a tribal police officer of the Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety with a metal bar in Littlewater on June 14, 201.  Kuhn attacked the officer, who is commissioned as a special federal officer by the BIA, while the officer was attempting to arrest on unrelated charges.  Kuhn was subsequently indicted on July 14, 2015.

During today’s proceedings, Kuhn pled guilty to the indictment and admitted that on June 14, 2015, he assaulted a federal officer with a metal bar while the officer was performing his official duties.  Kuhn remains in custody pending a sentencing hearing which has yet to be scheduled.

This case was investigated by the Farmington office of the FBI and the Shiprock office of the Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Kyle T. Nayback is prosecuting this case.

Updated February 26, 2016

Indian Country Law and Justice