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

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Navajo Man From Thoreau Sentenced to Seventy Months in Federal Prison for Assault Conviction

ALBUQUERQUE – Aldo Jones, 31, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Thoreau, N.M., was sentenced this afternoon to 70 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release for his conviction on two assault charges.  Jones also was ordered to pay $47,574.91 to the Indian Health Services to cover the costs of medical care for the victims and $80.00 to one of the two victims.

Aldo Jones and his brother Eddie Jones, Jr., III, 23, also of Thoreau, were arrested in early Aug. 2013, based on a criminal complaint charging them with assault charges arising out of an attack on a 21-year-old Navajo man in Crownpoint, N.M., on July 28, 2013.  According to court filings, Aldo Jones and Eddie Jones assaulted the victim for failing to pay a $50 debt.  Aldo Jones repeatedly stabbed the victim in the head, upper back and right hand with a screwdriver, and both he and Eddie Jones pummeled the victim with their fists.  The victim sustained a life-threatening injury to his head where his skull was punctured.  He also sustained stab wounds to his upper back and right hand and a broken nose.

Aldo Jones and Eddie Jones subsequently were charged in a four-count indictment with assault resulting in serious bodily injury and assault with a dangerous weapon arising from the assault on the 21-year-old victim.  Aldo Jones also was charged with two assault charges arising out of an attack on a second victim on July 28, 2013, in Littlewater, N.M.

On Dec. 4, 2013, Aldo Jones pled guilty to two assault charges and admitted assaulting the two victims on July 28, 2013.  He admitted assaulting the first victim at approximately 5:00 p.m. by stabbing him with a screwdriver.  Aldo Jones also admitted stabbing the second victim with a knife approximately two hours later when the second victim confronted him about stabbing his cousin, the first victim. 

On Dec. 5, 2013, Eddie Jones entered a guilty plea to assaulting the first victim.  In his plea agreement, Eddie Jones admitted beating the victim who also was stabbed by Aldo Jones.  At sentencing, Eddie Jones faces a maximum penalty of ten years in prison for each assault charge.  He remains in custody pending his sentencing hearing, which has yet to be scheduled.

The case was investigated by the Crownpoint office of the Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul H. Spiers.

Updated January 26, 2015