ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Eli Woody, 27, of Crownpoint, New Mexico, and an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, pleaded guilty in federal court today to discharging a firearm during a crime of violence in Indian Country and was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
According to the plea agreement and other court documents, Woody was a passenger in a vehicle that pulled up next to a home located in Crownpoint on the Navajo Nation. Woody fired a shotgun from the vehicle and into the home. Woody admitted that knew the home was occupied with people, including children. Inside the home, two children were shot and suffered serious bodily injury.
Upon his release from prison, Woody will be subject to five years of supervised release.
The Gallup Resident Agency of the FBI Albuquerque Field Office investigated this case with the assistance of the Navajo Department of Criminal Investigation and the Navajo Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorneys David P. Cowen and Elisa C. Dimas prosecuted the case.