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Shiprock Man Sentenced to Eighty-One Months in Federal Prison for Conviction on Assault and Firearms Charges

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

ALBUQUERQUE – Raydell Billy, 22, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Shiprock, N.M., was sentenced yesterday afternoon to 81 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release for his conviction on assault and firearms charges.
Billy was arrested in Jan. 2013, on a criminal complaint charging him with assault and firearms offenses, and has been in federal custody since that time.  Billy subsequently was indicted and charged with two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm, assault with a dangerous weapon; and using a firearm during a crime of violence.  Billy was charged with committing these offenses on the Navajo Indian Reservation in San Juan County, N.M., on Nov. 15, 2012 and Jan. 12, 2013.

Billy pled guilty on March 12, 2013 to a felony information charging him with assault with a dangerous weapon and using a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.  In entering his guilty plea, Billy admitted that on Jan. 12, 2013, he assaulted an individual with a .22 caliber Winchester rifle by pointing the rifle at the victim and pulling the trigger.  Billy also admitted hitting the victim in the head with the butt-stock of the rifle.

This case was investigated by the Albuquerque and Farmington offices of the FBI and the Shiprock office of the Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety, and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul Mysliwiec.

Updated January 26, 2015