Shiprock man sentenced for knife attack

The Daily Times staff

FARMINGTON – A 39-year-old Shiprock man was sentenced Friday morning to more than six and a half years in prison after pleading guilty to assaulting two men with a knife, according to a U.S. Department of Justice press release.


Clayton Norvelle Scott was arrested July 10 on allegations he attacked two brothers at their residence in Shiprock on Aug. 16, 2014, according to the criminal complaint.

The brothers, who are not identified in the complaint, told investigators Scott showed up outside their residence, and an argument ensued over a woman.

Scott allegedly pulled out a knife during the argument and slashed one of the brothers in the face, according to the complaint. He then entered the brothers' residence and slashed the other brother's face and arms with the knife, the complaint states.

A doctor who treated the brothers at the San Juan Regional Medical Center said that, due to blood loss, the attacks could have been fatal, according to the complaint.

Scott was indicted on July 30 on two counts of assault resulting in serious bodily injury and two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon, according to the release.

He pleaded guilty Oct. 8 to the two counts of assault resulting in serious bodily injury, the release states.

Scott will serve a little more than six years and seven months in prison, according to the release, followed by three years of supervised 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 Kyle T. Nayback prosecuted the case.