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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Navajo man sentenced to 14 years in federal prison for sexual abuse of a minor in Indian Country

ALBUQERQUE, N.M. – Bryan Bull, 40, of Shiprock, New Mexico, and an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, was sentenced on March 15 in federal court to 14 years in prison for aggravated sexual abuse of a minor in Indian Country.

Bull pleaded guilty on Aug. 30, 2021. According to the plea agreement and other court records, on June 3, 2019, Bull and Jeremiah Elijah Jim, 32, of Teec Nos Pos, Arizona, and an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, used intimidation and force on then 14-year-old John Doe and sexually abused him.  The abuse took place in Shiprock on the Navajo Nation.

Upon his release from prison, Bull will be subject to five years of supervised release and must register as a sex offender.

Jim pleaded guilty to sexual abuse of a minor and was sentenced on Oct. 27, 2021, to 24 years in prison and must register as a sex offender.

The Farmington Resident Agency of the FBI’s Albuquerque Field Office investigated this case with assistance from the Navajo Nation Police Department.

Topic(s): 
Indian Country Law and Justice
Violent Crime
Press Release Number: 
22-52
Updated March 16, 2022