Ganado man stabbed near Burnside

WINDOW ROCK, November 21, 2012

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A nother aggravated battery (stabbing) occurred in Burnside near Ganado on Oct. 24.

In this case, Kenneth Nez Jr., 46, of Ganado was taken to the Sage Memorial Hospital with minor stab wounds to the face and forearm.

He told police that he got into an argument with Leland Lewis, 29, of Ganado for "some unknown reason" and that argument turned into a physical confrontation during which he was stabbed.

He told police that he wasn't aware he had been stabbed until people took Lewis off of him. Lewis was later found at his mother's residence and arrested.


Shiprock man pleads guilty to assault

Lancelot Lapahie, 25, of Shiprock entered a guilty plea to assault and firearms charges in federal court last week in Albuquerque.

According to the plea agreement, during the late hours of March 23 and early hours of March 24, Lapahie was drinking alcohol with several individuals when an argument broke out.

Lapahie admitted striking one individual with a baseball bat and using a machete repeatedly to strike another individual about his head, arms and body. 

The victim of the machete attack suffered multiple stab wounds and cuts to his head, face, forearm, leg and back. During the investigation of these crimes, officers found an unregistered shotgun in Lapahie's residence. Lapahie admitted possession of the unregistered shotgun.

At his sentencing, Lapahie faces a maximum penalty of ten years of imprisonment. .



Two men sentenced to prison

Ronald Yazzie, 36, of Tohatchi was sentenced by a federal judge in Santa Fe, to 51 months in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release for his assault conviction.

Yazzie's codefendant, Frederick Jimmie, 22, of Crownpoint, was sentenced the day before to 41 months in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release.

Yazzie also was ordered jointly and severally to pay $20,755.38 in restitution to cover the medical costs of the victim.

Yazzie and Jimmie were charged with assaulting a Navajo man on Feb. 2, 2011, in Crownpoint. Both men were arrested on Sept. 22, and have been in federal custody since that time.

In entering his guilty plea, Jimmie admitted that, on Feb. 2, 2011, he and Yazzie assaulted the victim by punching and kicking him in the face. Jimmie also admitted that he later stabbed the victim in the chest and arms. 

During his plea hearing, Yazzie admitted assaulting the victim by punching and kicking the victim in the face and driving his vehicle over the victim's leg. 

Yazzie also acknowledged driving Jimmie to the place where Jimmie stabbed the victim. The victim suffered several deep stab wounds, a broken fibula and ankle, broken orbital walls and a broken nose as a result of the assault.

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