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Navajo man sentenced to five years in prison for assaulting a child in Indian Country

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

            ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Kevin Ernest Lewis, 32, from Crownpoint, New Mexico, and an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, was sentenced April 12, 2021, in federal court to five years in prison for assault of a minor resulting in substantial bodily injury in Indian Country.

            Lewis pleaded guilty on Feb. 5, 2020. In his plea, Lewis admitted to hitting his then-girlfriend while she was holding their four-month-old child. During the attack, Lewis knocked the child onto the ground, causing the infant to suffer a skull fracture and intracranial bleeding. The crime occurred on the Navajo Nation in McKinley County, New Mexico.

            Upon his release from prison, Lewis will be subject to three years of supervised release.

            The Navajo Nation Tribal Police Department investigated this case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Allison C. Jaros prosecuted this case.

Updated April 13, 2021

Indian Country Law and Justice
Violent Crime
Press Release Number: 21-73