Two men sentenced, plead guilty to federal assault charges
A Farmington man was sentenced to 30 months in prison
- Twaine Willie admitted to beating a man on the Jicarilla Apache Nation with a baseball bat.
- Ryan Franklin plead guilty to assaulting his girlfriend.
- Her injuries include a fractured, right orbital socket.
FARMINGTON — Two San Juan County men in separate cases were recently sentenced and plead guilty to federal assault charges for attacking a man and woman.
Twaine Willie, 28, of Farmington was sentenced to two years and six months in prison on May 20 in Albuquerque federal court for beating a man on the Jicarilla Apache Nation on Jan. 3, 2018, according to court documents and a U.S. Department of Justice press release.
Willie admitted when entering a guilty plea on May 8, 2018, he used a baseball bat to beat the victim causing serious bodily injury.
The victim's injuries included a compound fracture of his lower left leg, a fractured right tibia and his face was bruised with a large cut on the left side of his face, according to court documents.
The victim was struck in the head with the bat after he just arrived at a residence that Willie had exited.
Ryan Franklin, 30, of Shiprock, pleaded guilty on May 20 in Albuquerque federal court to assaulting a woman in Shiprock, according to a U.S. Department of Justice press release and court documents.
Franklin admitted to being intoxicated and beating up his girlfriend on Aug. 25, 2018. The Navajo Police Department officers were dispatched to a residence in Shiprock.
The victim was found with her right eye swollen shut, purple and bleeding. She also had injuries, including a bleeding left ear.
She was transported from Northern Navajo Medical Center to the University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque for specialized treatment. She had a fractured, right orbital socket.
The victim stated Franklin became upset during a conversation then he shoved her into a wall, and punched her repeatedly in the face as she held their infant son, according to court documents.
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