Jury finds Shiprock woman guilty of assault

The Daily Times staff

FARMINGTON — After a six-day trial, a federal jury has found a Shiprock woman guilty of assault.

The jury returned its verdict this afternoon, according to a press release from the U.S. Department of Justice.

Cornelia Tom Tapaha, 40, was arrested in June for allegedly hitting a person with a vehicle in July 2015.

According to the press release, Tapaha and two people were drinking alcohol as Tapaha was driving on the Navajo Nation within San Juan County.

Tapaha allegedly began arguing with the person in the passenger seat, pulled over and the two passengers got out and started walking away.

Then Tapaha allegedly ran over the person she had been arguing with, breaking the person's ribs, collar bone and ankle, according to the release. The injuries required surgical repair and stitches for multiple lacerations, the release states.

A sentencing hearing has not yet been scheduled. Tapaha faces a statutory maximum sentence of 10 years in federal prison, according to the release.