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Shiprock man sentenced to eight years in prison for assault

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, announced that Quincee Zohnnie was sentenced on Sept. 20 to eight years in prison. Zohnnie, 26, of Shiprock, New Mexico, pleaded guilty on Oct. 26, 2021, to using a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence and possessing a firearm in furtherance of such crime, assault with a dangerous weapon, and retaliating against a victim in Indian Country.

On June 14, 2020, Zohnnie was riding in the passenger seat of his girlfriend’s car when they spotted the victim, identified as John Doe, sitting outside his home on the Navajo Nation. Zohnnie argued with John Doe before going home and retrieving a firearm. Zohnnie returned to John Doe’s residence and fired multiple rounds at the house, which at the time of the incident was occupied by John Doe’s family, including a minor child.

Upon his release from prison, Zohnnie will be subject to three years of supervised release. Zohnnie must also surrender the firearms and ammunition associated with these crimes.

The Farmington Residency Agency of the FBI Albuquerque Field Office investigated this case with the assistance of the Navajo Nation Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Alexander F. Flores and Allison Jaros prosecuted the case.

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Updated September 21, 2022

Violent Crime
Indian Country Law and Justice
Firearms Offenses
Press Release Number: 22-204