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Shiprock man gets 13 years in prison in stabbing death

August 21, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Shiprock man who pleaded guilty to fatally stabbing a woman in his home on the Navajo Nation is going to prison.

A federal judge in New Mexico sentenced 57-year-old Jerry Johnson Jr. to more than 13 years behind bars Monday, followed by five years of supervised release. He had pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the June 2017 killing in northwestern New Mexico.

Court documents do not identify the woman.

Prosecutors say Johnson admitted to hitting the woman in the head with his fist and then stabbing her in the back with a kitchen knife.

The case was prosecuted under a pilot program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women. It trains tribal prosecutors in federal law to take on cases that involve violence against Native American women.

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