Three sentenced in murder of Gabrielle Joe

The Daily Times staff
Justin Lynn Benally

FARMINGTON — Three of five defendants have been sentenced in connection to the kidnapping and murder of Gabrielle Joe in October 2013.

Scott Thompson and Justin Benally, both of Farmington, and Patrick Benally, of Kirtland, were sentenced in federal court earlier this week, according to a U.S. Department of Justice press release.

Thompson was sentenced to 23 years in prison. Justin Benally was sentenced to 22 years in prison, and Patrick Benally was sentenced to 18 years, according to the press release.

Patrick Lynn Benally

The three defendants and co-defendants, LaSheena Jacquez and Mariah Benally, allegedly bound Joe and put her in Jacquez's vehicle, according to Daily Times archives.

They then allegedly drove to the top of a mesa near the Bisti Highway south of Farmington. Jacquez allegedly stabbed Joe multiple times, and Justin Benally allegedly pushed Joe off of a cliff, according to the archives.

The five defendants were arrested in December 2013 shortly after Joe's body was found.

All five pleaded guilty to second-degree murder charges last year.

Scott Dwayne Thompson

Justin Benally, Mariah Benally, Thompson and Jacquez have also been charged with harboring Patrick Benally to prevent his arrest in an unrelated case, according to the archives.

Patrick Benally allegedly shot a woman in the face during an argument earlier in October 2013, according to archives. He has also pleaded guilty to assault in connection to the shooting.