Farmington man sentenced to two years in prison for trafficking methamphetamine


FARMINGTON — A Shiprock man admitted to stabbing his wife, while a Farmington man has been sentenced to two years in prison for methamphetamine trafficking in two different cases in federal court this week.

Aaron Curley, 55, pleaded guilty Monday in Albuquerque federal court to assault with a dangerous weapon as part of a plea agreement, according to a U.S. Department of Justice press release. 

The incident took place on Nov. 20 in the East Low Rent housing subdivision in Shiprock, according to the criminal complaint.

Curley admitted to stabbing his wife in her left leg and sternum during Monday's court proceeding. He also admitted to causing cuts to his wife's left arm and hand as she tried to defend herself.

The incident began when Curley started questioning his wife about her allegedly cheating on him with another man, according to court documents.

He could face a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison. A sentencing hearing has not been scheduled.

Rupesh Bhakta, 39, was sentenced today to two years in federal prison for a methamphetamine trafficking conviction, according to a U.S. Department of Justice press release.

Bhakta admitted to selling 57 grams of methamphetamine to an undercover law enforcement agent on Feb. 16, 2016, during a Dec. 8 hearing where he pleaded guilty.

David Kingsbeck and Bhakta arrived at Smith's grocery store in Farmington to sell methamphetamine to undercoverlaw enforcement officers, according to The Daily Times archives.

Both men were arrested after the transaction was completed.

Kingsbeck was sentenced on May 1 to three years and one month in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release in a separate case.

He pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, along with distributing heroin, during a Dec. 19 hearing.

As part of a plea agreement, Kingsbeck admitted to selling 12.8 grams of heroin to an undercover law enforcement officer on Dec. 29, 2015, according to the press release.

Joshua Kellogg covers crime, courts and social issues for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627.

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