Shiprock man pleads guilty to federal firearm offense

The Daily Times staff
The Daily Times

FARMINGTON — A 31-year-old Shiprock man is expected to serve 10 years in federal prison after pleading guilty Wednesday to discharging a firearm during an act of violence, according to a U.S. Department of Justice press release.

Jeffrey John Franklin was arrested Aug. 16, 2014, on accusations he attempted to shoot his girlfriend and her family, including two small children, with a shotgun during a barbecue at a housing complex in Two Grey Hills, according to the arrest warrant affidavit.

Franklin allegedly shot at his girlfriend's family several times as they fled in a vehicle from the residence, the warrant states.

His girlfriend attempted to wrestle the firearm away from him after her family left, the warrant states, and he fired into the ground.

He pointed the shotgun at his girlfriend, but eventually left the residence, the warrant states.

He was found by police passed out in a vehicle behind the house, according to the warrant.

Franklin was initially charged in federal court with four counts of assault with a dangerous weapon, two counts of using a firearm during a crime of violence and one count of negligently endangering a child's health, according to the press release. He pleaded guilty to the single firearm offense at Wednesday's hearing.

Franklin agreed to a 10-year prison sentence in the terms of his plea agreement, the release states.