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Shiprock woman sentenced to five years and 10 months in prison for assault in Indian Country

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 Faith Nicholle Sullivan was sentenced on Jan. 9 to five years and ten months in prison. Sullivan, 28, of Shiprock, New Mexico, and an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, pleaded guilty on July 12 to assault with a dangerous weapon in Indian Country.

On June 8, 2021, Navajo Police responded to a report of a fight involving Sullivan at her residence in Shiprock on the Navajo Nation. As one of the responding officers was speaking with Sullivan outside the residence, Sullivan, who was intoxicated, pulled a knife and began to swing it at the officer. The officer tackled Sullivan and took away the knife. A second officer deployed a taser and the officers subdued Sullivan.

During the assault, Sullivan stabbed the first officer in the leg. The officer was transported to the Northern Navajo Medical Center for care.

Upon her release from prison, Sullivan 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 Department of Criminal Investigation and the Navajo Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Alexander F. Flores prosecuted the case.

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Updated January 10, 2023

Violent Crime
Indian Country Law and Justice
Press Release Number: 23-8