Shiprock man sentenced for second-degree murder

The Daily Times staff
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FARMINGTON — A Shiprock man was sentenced to more than 13 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to second degree murder earlier this year.

Jerry Johnson Jr., 57, was sentenced Monday to 13 years and five months during a hearing in Albuquerque federal court, according to a U.S. Department of Justice press release.

He entered a guilty plea on April 27, admitting to striking a woman's head and stabbing her in the back after the two had a fight on June 26, 2017.

He called the victim's probation officer on June 28, 2017, after he poured gasoline on himself and around his residence and threatened to light himself on fire, according to court documents.

Navajo police officers took Johnson into custody and found the victim lying on the floor of Johnson's residence.

Johnson will have five years of supervised release after serving his prison sentence.

The case was investigated by the Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety and the Farmington FBI office.