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FARMINGTON – A 26-year-old local man pleaded guilty Monday to federal assault charges on allegations he beat his girlfriend into unconsciousness in September near the Navajo Agricultural Products Incorporated headquarters, according to a U.S. Department of Justice press release.

John Gabriel Fierro was driving with his girlfriend at approximately midnight on Sept. 4 near the NAPI headquarters when he allegedly flew into a jealous rage over a text message the woman received from her nephew, according to a criminal complaint.

Fierro allegedly pulled the unidentified woman from his vehicle, and kicked and punched her until she slipped into unconsciousness, the complaint states. Fierro then allegedly drove the woman back to her parents' residence, where she was able to contact her son and tell him to call 911, according to the complaint.

Fierro's girlfriend was treated at the San Juan Regional Medical Center for a head injury, six broken ribs, a collapsed lung, fractured vertebrae and abdominal bruising, the complaint states.

Fierro was arrested Oct. 19 and charged in U.S. District Court with one count of assault causing serious bodily injury. He pleaded guilty to the offense Monday through a plea agreement with prosecutors, the press release states.

He will be sentenced to two years in federal prison followed by an unspecified term of supervised release as part of the agreement, according to the release.

The case was investigated by the Farmington Office of the FBI and the Shiprock office of the Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety. Assistant U.S. Attorney Niki Tapia-Brito is prosecuting the case.

Steve Garrison covers crime and courts for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4644. 

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