Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Navajo man pleads guilty to assault resulting in serious bodily injury in Indian Country

             ALBUQUERQUE – Vance Andres Raymond, 24, of Fruitland, New Mexico, and an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, pleaded guilty in federal court on Aug. 17 to one count of assault resulting in serious bodily injury in Indian Country. Raymond is currently in custody pending sentencing.

            According to the plea agreement and other court records, the defendant committed this offense on April 10, 2018, in San Juan County, New Mexico, on the Navajo Nation. Raymond admitted to recklessly assaulting Jane Doe by grabbing her arm resulting in serious injury.         

            Raymond faces up to 10 years in prison. 

            The Farmington Resident Agency of the FBI Albuquerque Field Office investigated this case with assistance from the Navajo Police Department.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Kyle Nayback is prosecuting the case.

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