Prewitt man gets 9 years for child sex abuse

Navajo Times staff report

GALLUP, Oct. 3, 2013

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Justin Kenneth, 21, who resides in Prewitt, N.M., was sentenced Monday in federal district court in Albuquerque to nine years in federal prison followed by five years of supervised release for his aggravated child sexual abuse conviction.

He also was ordered to pay $2,411 in restitution. Kenneth will be required to register as a sex offender after he completes his prison sentence.

Kenneth was arrested in Dec. 2010, on a criminal complaint alleging that he sexually abused a child under the age of 12 in Oct. 2010, on the Navajo Reservation.

On April 29, 2013, Kenneth entered a guilty plea to felony information charging him with aggravated sexual abuse and admitted sexually abusing the child victim by improperly touching the child.

Kenneth further admitted that he committed this crime on Oct. 6, 2010, at a residence located on the Navajo Indian Reservation. Kenneth has been in federal custody since entering his guilty plea.




Man sentenced for Sonic robbery

GALLUP - Eddie Shirley, 28, who resides in Shiprock was sentenced Monday in federal district court in?Albuquerque to seven years in federal prison for using and brandishing a firearm in relation to a crime of violence on the Navajo Reservation.

Shirley will be on supervised release for seven years after he completes his prison sentence.

Shirley was arrested in Dec. 2012, on a criminal complaint charging him and co-defendant, Jerrileta Singer, 32, with the armed robbery of a Sonic Drive-In Restaurant in Shiprock on Nov. 30, 2012.

He has been in federal custody since his arrest. Singer subsequently was arrested in Jan. 2013.

The two were then indicted and charged with (1) robbery, and (2) using and brandishing a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence.

Shirley pleaded guilty on June 25, 2013 to Count 2 of the indictment and admitted using a firearm to rob the Sonic Drive-In in Shiprock on Nov. 30, 2012.

Shirley acknowledged that a female participated in the robbery and that together they used force, intimidation and violence to take money from the restaurant's employees.

On July 25, 2013, Singer pleaded guilty to Count 1, the robbery charge, of the indictment and admitted her role in robbing four individuals in the restaurant by use of force, violence and intimidation and taking money belonging to the restaurant.
Singer faces a maximum of 15 years in prison when she is sentenced.Ê Her sentencing hearing is scheduled for Oct. 28, 2013.

Teec Nos Pos resident to serve 1 year for arson

WINDOW ROCK - Dennis Henry Bainbridge, 42, who resides in Teec Nos Pos, Ariz. was sentenced in federal district court in Albuquerque Friday to a year and a day in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release for his arson conviction.

Bainbridge was arrested on April 25, 2013 based on a criminal complaint charging him with arson. He subsequently was indicted on that same charge.

Bainbridge pleaded guilty to the indictment on July 10, and admitted that on March 11, he maliciously set fire to a vehicle owned by a Navajo woman, which was parked near a residence in Shiprock.

According to court filings, witnesses saw Bainbridge douse the victim's vehicle with gasoline and set it on fire. When Bainbridge was arrested after he fled from the scene of the arson, officers found a jug of gasoline and a lighter in Bainbridge's vehicle.

Anyone who has seen Brittany or has information is asked to call the Holbrook Police Department at 928-524-4050 (dispatch) or 928-524-3992 (office).

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