Shiprock man gets 30 months for federal assault conviction

Navajo Times Staff Reports

ALBUQUERQUE, June 19, 2014

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Victor Tyler, 45, who resides in Shiprock, was sentenced June 12 in federal district court in Albuquerque, to 30 months followed by two years in federal prison for his assault conviction.

Tyler was arrested Aug. 20, 2013, based on a criminal complaint charging him with assault with a dangerous weapon.

Tyler subsequently was indicted and charged with that same charge and also with assaulting a federal officer with a dangerous weapon and inflicting bodily injury.

On Nov. 5, 2013, Tyler pleaded guilty to count 1 of the indictment charging him with assault with a dangerous weapon.

In his plea agreement, Tyler admitted that on Aug. 16, 2013, officers of the Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety came to his Shiprock residence in response to his wife's call for assistance. At the time, Tyler had armed himself with two kitchen knives and locked himself in a bedroom.

After two uniformed officers entered the residence, Tyler came out of the bedroom with the knives, ignored the officers' repeated instructions to drop the knives, and threw one of the knives at one of the officers. The knife struck the officer in the foot, causing injury to her foot.




Burns gets 20-month sentence for involuntary manslaughter

ALBUQUERQUE - Jeremiah Burns, 33, a member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Dulce, N.M., was sentenced June 12 in federal district court in Albuquerque, to 20 months in federal prison followed by two years of supervised release for his involuntary manslaughter conviction.

Burns was also ordered to pay $2,080.25 to cover funeral expenses for the victim of his criminal conduct.

Burns was arrested in August 2013 based on an indictment charging him with killing a man on Oct. 22, 2011, while driving under the influence of alcohol within the Jicarilla Apache Indian Reservation.

On Jan. 3, 2014, Burns pled guilty to the indictment and admitted killing the victim while driving under the influence of alcohol and marijuana, which rendered him incapable of exercising clear judgment and a steady hand in handling a vehicle. Burns acknowledged operating the vehicle without due caution and with a reckless disregard that imperiled the lives of others.

Burns was ordered to surrender himself by noon June 12 to the U.S. Marshals Service to begin serving his prison sentence.

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