Jury finds Farmington man guilty of stabbing pregnant girlfriend

Steve Garrison The Daily Times
The Daily Times

FARMINGTON — A jury earlier this week convicted a Farmington man in the stabbing of his pregnant girlfriend in February.

After a one-day trial, Kyle Desoto, 27, was found guilty Wednesday of aggravated battery of a household member with a deadly weapon, a third-degree felony.

San Juan County Chief Deputy District Attorney Dustin O'Brien said the offense was punishable by up to three years in prison.

Desoto's court-appointed attorney, Ruth Wheeler, did not respond to a request for comment.

A sentencing hearing has not yet been scheduled, according to court records.

Desoto was arrested Feb. 24 after his girlfriend of five years accused him of stabbing her in the neck, according to the arrest warrant affidavit.

The girlfriend, who was four months pregnant, told detectives Desoto started "freaking out" and accused her of infidelity.

Desoto stabbed her in the neck with a knife that looked like a "hatchet," cut his own arm and then called 911, the affidavit states.

He claimed two Native American men attacked him and his girlfriend because of drug debts he owed to one of the men, according to the affidavit.

The girlfriend was separated from Desoto at the hospital and told detectives Desoto fabricated the story, the affidavit states.

Desoto was confronted with his girlfriend's statements and admitted to the crime, according to the affidavit.

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