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Shiprock Man Charged with Assault

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

ALBUQUERQUE – Alexander M.M. Uballez, United States Attorney for the District of New Mexico, and Raul Bujanda, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Albuquerque Field Office, announced that Tyrell Jordan Benally appeared in federal court on an indictment charging him with assault resulting in serious bodily injury. Benally, 25, of Shiprock, and an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, will remain in custody pending trial.

According to the indictment, on January 1, 2024, Benally assaulted Jane Doe and the assault resulted in serious bodily injury.

An indictment is only an allegation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. If convicted, Benally faces up to 10 years in prison.

The Farmington Resident Agency of the FBI Albuquerque Field Office investigated this case with assistance from the Navajo Police Department and Department of Criminal Investigations. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jena Ritchey is prosecuting the case.

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Updated January 26, 2024

Indian Country Law and Justice
Press Release Number: 24-37