Sanostee man sentenced for vehicular assault

Milton Washburn, 30, will serve 46 months in prison

The Daily Times

FARMINGTON — Milton Washburn, 30, of Sanostee, was sentenced Wednesday to nearly four years in federal prison for striking another man with his vehicle in October 2014, according to a U.S. Department of Justice press release.

Navajo police officers were dispatched Oct. 19 to an area six miles south of the Sanostee Chapter house after receiving reports a 24-year-old man was struck by a vehicle, according to a criminal complaint.

The victim was found conscious, but severely injured, with a large amount of skin missing from his back, the complaint states.

A witness at the scene told detectives the victim was drinking with Washburn when they got into a fight. The witness said Washburn got into his vehicle, a Chevrolet Blazer, and ran the victim down with it, according to the complaint.

Washburn was charged Nov. 5 in federal court with assault with a dangerous weapon and assault resulting in serious bodily injury. He pleaded guilty to the latter offense on April 27.

Washburn was sentenced Wednesday to 46 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release, the press release states.