Navajo man pleads guilty to assault with a dangerous weapon in Indian Country

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Perfinna King, 42, of Fruitland, New Mexico, and an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, pleaded guilty on May 25 in federal court to assault with a dangerous weapon in Indian Country. King will remain in custody pending sentencing, which has not been scheduled.

According to the plea agreement and other court records, on Nov. 2, 2020, King, swerved into the lane of another vehicle. The other driver pulled over, believing it was a relative playing a joke on him. Instead, it was King, who began cursing and threatening him. When the other driver took a photo of King’s license plate, King attempted to hit the driver with his vehicle. King then shot out the rear driver’s side window and the rear window with an air pistol.

The incident occurred in San Juan County, New Mexico, on the Navajo Nation.

The Farmington Resident Agency of the FBI Albuquerque Field Office investigated this case with assistance from Navajo Nation Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Nicholas J. Marshall is prosecuting the case.

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