FARMINGTON — A Shiprock man has pleaded guilty to an assault charge in federal court, stating he struck the victim in the head with a pair of wire cutters.

Lance Wilson, 30, pleaded guilty today to a count of assault resulting in serious bodily injury in Albuquerque federal court as part of a plea agreement, according to a U.S. Department of Justice press release.

Wilson admitted to striking the male victim twice in the head with the wire cutters on Dec. 24, 2016, on the Navajo reservation in San Juan County. He told the court he was mad at the victim, according to the release.

The victim has had multiple surgeries including one to place a plate in his skull.

He suffered permanent injuries including loss of speech and memory loss, and requires the use of a wheelchair.

Wilson was arrested in January and indicted on Jan. 24 on a count of assault with intent to commit murder and assault resulting in serious bodily injury.

The plea agreement recommends Wilson be sentenced to a term in the range of five to six years in federal prison followed by a term of supervised release to be determined.

The sentencing hearing has not been scheduled yet.

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