Crownpoint man sentenced for ax attack

The Daily Times staff
Navajo Nation

FARMINGTON – A 36-year-old Crownpoint man was sentenced Wednesday in federal court to 10 years in prison for an assault conviction.

Edwin C. Johnson was arrested Dec. 9 on allegations he hit his girlfriend in the head with an ax at a residence on Navajo Route 9 in Crownpoint, according to the criminal complaint. The blow to the head knocked the unidentified woman unconscious and caused blood to discharge from her ears, the complaint states.

Johnson told police he believed the woman was "witch crafting" him and his family, according to the complaint.

Johnson was charged with two counts of assault and one of attempted murder, according to a U.S. Department of Justice press release. He pleaded guilty Jan. 25 to all three charges, the release states.

Johnson will serve three years of supervised parole following his release from prison, according to the release.

U.S. Attorney Damon Martinez praised tribal authorities for their criminal investigation.

"I commend the Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety for an outstanding investigation that made the defendant account for his criminal conduct and helped the victim and her family move forward with their course of healing," he said in a statement.