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Shiprock Man Sentenced to 105 Months in Prison for 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 FBI Albuquerque Field Office, announced today that Christopher Kee was sentenced to 105 months in prison. A federal jury convicted Kee, 49, of Shiprock, and an enrolled member of Navajo Nation, on June 17, 2022, of assault with a dangerous weapon.

According to court records, Kee was in an intimate relationship with Jane Doe from 2019 to 2020. Throughout the relationship, Kee physically and emotionally abused Jane Doe. On April 19, 2020, during an argument at the home he shared with his parents in Shiprock, Kee threw Jane Doe onto a bed and stabbed her in the wrist with a pocketknife. When Jane Doe fought back, Kee stabbed her multiple times in the abdomen, thighs, behind her ear and the back of her head. Kee also punched and kicked Jane Doe several times. When he saw how badly Jane Doe was bleeding from a stab wound to her abdomen, Kee poured sugar in her wound and applied pressure. When Jane Doe cried out in pain, Kee slapped her. Later, when Kee was distracted, Jane Doe fled from the home shirtless and flagged down a motorist who took her to Northern Navajo Medical Center for treatment.

Upon his release from prison, Kee will be subject to three years of supervised release.

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, and New Mexico State Police. Assistant United States Attorney Joseph M. Spindle is prosecuting the case.

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Updated October 25, 2023

Indian Country Law and Justice
Press Release Number: 23-251