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Shiprock Man Sentenced to 27 Months in Prison for Assault Against a Child

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

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – 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 Myron Benally was sentenced to 27 months in prison. Benally, 39, of Shiprock, and a registered member of the Navajo Nation, pled guilty in federal court to assault resulting in serious bodily injury on Aug. 18, 2023.

According to court documents, on June 27, 2019, Benally assaulted a 13-month-old infant in his care, causing serious bodily injury including a broken arm.

Upon his release from prison, Benally will be subject to 3 years of supervised release.

The FBI Albuquerque Field Office investigated this case with assistance from the Navajo Police Department and Department of Criminal Investigations. Assistant United States Attorney Mark Probasco is prosecuting the case.

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Updated January 3, 2024

Indian Country Law and Justice
Press Release Number: 24-6