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District of New Mexico

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Navajo Man from Shiprock Sentenced to 78 Months in Prison for Federal Assault Conviction

ALBUQUERQUE – Christian Begay, 29, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Shiprock, N.M., was sentenced today in federal court in Albuquerque, N.M., to 78 months in prison for his assault conviction.  Begay will be on supervised release for three years after completing his prison sentence.

Begay was arrested on May 26, 2016, on a criminal complaint charging him with shooting a Navajo man on May 21, 2016.  The complaint stated that the victim suffered severe damage to the pelvic bone and required hospitalization.

Begay was indicted on June 15, 2016, and was charged with assault with a dangerous weapon, a firearm, with intent to do bodily harm; assault resulting in serious bodily injury; and using and carrying a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.  According to the indictment, Begay committed the crimes on May 21, 2016, on the Navajo Indian Reservation in San Juan County, N.M. 

On Aug. 22, 2017, Begay pled guilty to a felony information charging him with assault with intent to commit murder.  In entering the guilty plea, Begay admitted that on May 21, 2016, he assaulted the victim with a dangerous weapon, a firearm, by shooting the victim with the intention of murdering the victim.

This case was investigated by the Farmington office of the FBI and the Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Elaine Y. Ramirez and Raquel Ruiz-Velez.

Indian Country Law and Justice
Violent Crime
Updated April 25, 2018