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Sheepsprings, N.M., Man Sentenced to Probation for Federal Misdemeanor Assault Charge

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

ALBUQUERQUE – Jeremiah Ray Johnson, 39, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Sheepsprings, N.M., was sentenced this morning in federal court in Albuquerque, N.M., to two years of probation for his misdemeanor assault conviction.

Johnson was indicted on Aug. 12, 2014, and charged with assault resulting in serious bodily injury.  The indictment alleged that Johnson assaulted the victim in San Juan County, N.M, on April 3, 2013.

On Feb. 18, 2015, Johnson pled guilty to an information charging him with a misdemeanor assault charge.  Johnson admitted that on April 3, 2013, while at a residence in Sheepsprings, N.M., he punched and stabbed a Navajo man with a knife during a fight.  The victim required hospitalization as a result of his injuries.

This case was investigated by the Farmington office of the FBI and the Shiprock office of the Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Jacob Wishard is prosecuting this case.

Updated July 14, 2015