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Navajo man sentenced to nine years in prison for murder in Indian Country

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

            ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Simeon Atcitty, 38, of Shiprock, New Mexico, was sentenced Sept. 10 in federal court to nine years in prison for second degree murder in Indian Country. Atcitty pleaded guilty on April 8. 

            According to his plea agreement, on June 19, 2020, Atcitty became angry with the victim, identified on court records as John Doe, and began striking John Doe in the head and chest until he was seriously injured. Atcitty continued to strike the victim until he was no longer moving. Atcitty then wrapped John Doe’s body and left the home. Law enforcement discovered John Doe’s body about a week later. The killing occurred at Atcitty’s home in San Juan County, New Mexico, on the Navajo Nation.

            Upon his release from prison, Atcitty will be subject to five years of supervised release.

            The Farmington Resident Agency of the FBI Albuquerque Field Office investigated this case with assistance from the Navajo Nation Police Department.   Assistant U.S. Attorney Nicholas Marshall prosecuted the case.

Updated September 21, 2021

Indian Country Law and Justice
Violent Crime
Press Release Number: 21-194