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Navajo Man from Littlewater Sentenced to Prison for 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., was sentenced today in federal court in Albuquerque, N.M., to 18 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for assaulting a federal officer with a dangerous weapon. 

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, 2015.  Kuhn attacked the officer, who is commissioned as a special federal officer by the BIA, while the officer was attempting to arrest Kuhn on unrelated charges.  Kuhn was subsequently indicted on July 14, 2015.

On Feb. 26, 2016, 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.  

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 prosecuted this case.

Updated June 14, 2016

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