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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of New Mexico

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Navajo Man from Newcomb Pleads Guilty to Discharging a Firearm During a Crime of Violence

Plea Agreement Requires Imposition of Ten-Year Prison Sentence

ALBUQUERQUE – Eli Hunt, 36, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Newcomb, N.M., pleaded guilty today in federal court in Albuquerque, N.M., to discharging a firearm during a crime of violence.  Under the terms of his plea agreement, Hunt will be sentenced to ten years in federal prison followed by a term of supervised release to be determined by the court. 

Hunt was arrested in Dec. 2015, on a criminal complaint charging him with assault with a dangerous weapon, discharging a firearm during a crime of violence, and burglary.  The complaint alleged that he committed the crimes on Dec. 3, 2015, on the Navajo Indian Reservation in San Juan County, N.M.  According to the complaint, Hunt broke into a home in Little Water, N.M., and threatened a man and woman who lived there with a tire iron and a firearm.  Hunt also fired shots into the air as he chased the victims around their residence and property while threatening to kill them. 

Hunt was subsequently indicted on Dec. 17, 2015, and was charged with aggravated burglary, assault with a dangerous weapon, and discharging a firearm during a crime of violence.

During today’s proceedings, Hunt pled guilty to Count 3 of the indictment charging him with discharging a firearm during a crime of violence.  In entering his plea, Hunt admitted discharging a firearm while assaulting a person with a deadly weapon. 

Hunt was remanded into federal custody after entering his guilty plea.  He will remain detained pending his 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 Niki Tapia-Brito is prosecuting the case.

Topic: 
Indian Country Law and Justice
Updated May 24, 2016