Shiprock resident pleads guilty in shooting

The Daily Times staff

FARMINGTON — A Shiprock man pleaded guilty today in federal court to shooting a woman in the forehead and knee in April.

Norman Yazzie, 56, faces a 10-year prison sentence followed by supervised release, according to a press release from the U.S. Department of Justice.

According to a criminal complaint, a woman went to Yazzie's house in Shiprock on April 29 to get her identification card, which she had previously left as collateral for alcohol.

Yazzie allegedly demanded payment for the identification card. The woman took Yazzie's wallet and got into a friend's vehicle as she attempted to retrieve the card, according to the complaint.

As her friend backed the car down the driveway, Yazzie allegedly followed them with a rifle and fired at least one shot, which hit the woman in her forehead, according to the complaint. When she returned the wallet to Yazzie, he allegedly shot her again in her leg.

Yazzie was arrested on May 24 and charged with assault with a dangerous weapon with the intent to do bodily harm, assault resulting in serious bodily injury and discharging a firearm during a crime of violence. He pleaded guilty today to discharging a firearm during a crime of violence.

A sentencing hearing has not yet been scheduled, according to the press release.