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District of New Mexico

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, August 21, 2020

Navajo Man Sentenced for Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury of a Child under the Age of 18

            ALBUQUERQUE – Randall Farnham, 35, of Gallup, New Mexico, was sentenced on August 18, 2020 in federal court in Albuquerque to 120 months in prison for assault resulting in serious bodily injury of a child under the age of 18 in Indian Country. Upon release from prison, Farnham also will be subject to five years of supervised release.

            Farnham pled guilty to this offense on March 3, 2020.  Farnham assaulted his two-month old son, ultimately causing life threatening injuries and long-term disabilities. In his plea agreement, he admitted committing the crime within the exterior boundaries of the Navaho Reservation, Indian Country, in McKinley County, New Mexico, on June 24, 2011. 

            The case was investigated by the Gallup Residency office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation with assistance from the Navajo Nation Police Department.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Elisa Dimas prosecuted the case.

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Topic(s): 
Indian Country Law and Justice
Violent Crime
Contact: 
Scott Howell Public Affairs Officer Office of the U.S. Attorney District of New Mexico (505) 379-9888
Press Release Number: 
20-139
Updated August 21, 2020