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Santostee Man Sentenced To Twenty-Seven Months For Assaulting Navajo Teenager

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

ALBUQUERQUE – Jayson Gustina, 24, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Sanostee, N.M., was sentenced this morning to 27 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release for his assault conviction.  Gustina also was order to pay $1,654.92 in restitution to cover the costs of medical care for the victim of his criminal conduct.

Gustina was arrested on Oct. 23, 2013, on a criminal complaint charging him with assault resulting in serious bodily injury and aggravated sexual abuse.  On Jan. 19, 2013, Gustina was indicted and charged with assault resulting in serious bodily injury and abusive sexual contact.  According to court filings, Gustina assaulted the victim, a 16-year-old Navajo girl, and attempted to rape her on Aug. 21, 2013, in Shiprock, N.M. 

On March 17, 2014, Gustina admitted assaulting the victim on Aug. 21, 2013.  He also acknowledged that the victim suffered severe bruising, swelling, and a fractured cheek bone as a result of the assault.

This case was investigated by the Farmington office of the FBI and the Shiprock office of the Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul H. Spiers. 

The case was prosecuted as part of the Tribal Special Assistant U.S. Attorney (Tribal SAUSA) Pilot Project in the District of New Mexico which is sponsored by the Justice Department’s Office on Violence Against Women under a grant administered by the Pueblo of Laguna.  The Tribal SAUSA Pilot Project seeks to train tribal prosecutors in federal law, procedure and investigative techniques to increase the likelihood that every viable violent offense against Native women is prosecuted in either federal court or tribal court, or both.  The Tribal SAUSA Pilot Project was largely driven by input gathered from annual tribal consultations on violence against women, and is another step in the Justice Department's on-going efforts to increase engagement, coordination and action on public safety in tribal communities.

Updated January 26, 2015