Kirtland man gets 97 months for sexual assault

By Bill Donovan
Special to the Times

WINDOW ROCK, Feb. 13, 2014

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Hareldo Horse, 31, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Kirtland, N.M., was sentenced Thursday in federal district court in Albuquerque to 97 months in federal prison followed by five years of supervised release for his sexual assault conviction.

Horse will be required to register as a sex offender when he completes his prison sentence.

Horse was arrested on March 11, 2013, on an indictment charging him with sexually assaulting a woman in a location within the Navajo Reservation on Oct. 20, 2012. He has been in federal custody since that time.

On Sept. 10, 2013, Horse pleaded guilty to the indictment and admitted inappropriately touching the victim's genitals at a time when the victim was physically incapable of declining to participate in the sexual act.

Man pleads guilty to statutory rape

WINDOW ROCK -- Lancelot Lapahie, 26, who resides in Shiprock, pleaded guilty Feb. 6 to a statutory rape charge under a plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Lapahie was arrested in Nov. 2013 on an indictment charging him with statutory rape. According to the indictment, between Aug. 2010 and Dec. 2011, Lapahie engaged in a sexual act with a minor under the age of 16 years. During Thursday's hearing, Lapahie pleaded guilty to the indictment.

Under the terms of his plea agreement, Lapahie will be sentenced to 24 months in prison followed by a term of supervised release to be determined by the court. He also will be required to register as a sex offender.

The 24-month prison sentence will be served concurrently with a 50-month prison sentence Lapahie is serving for his conviction on assault and firearms charges.ÊÊ The 50-month prison sentence was imposed on Lapahie in May 2013, following Lapahie's guilty plea to two assault charges and a possession of an unregistered firearm charge.

In entering his guilty plea to those charges, Lapahie admitted that in March 2012, he stuck a man with a baseball bat and repeatedly struck another man on the head, arms and body with a machete. The victim of the machete attack suffered multiple stab wounds and cuts to his head, face, forearm, leg and back.

Woman gets 6 years for stabbing, shooting

WINDOW ROCK -- Perfinna King, 34, who resides in Ojo Amarillo, was sentenced recently in federal district court in Albuquerque to six years in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release for using a firearm during a crime of violence.

King was arrested in April 2012, based on a criminal complaint charging her with assaulting her domestic partner and another Navajo woman with a knife and a pistol on April 6, 2012. King subsequently was indicted and charged with assault with a dangerous weapon, assault resulting in serious bodily injury, and using and carrying a firearm during a crime of violence. Prosecution of this case was delayed by competency proceedings.

Court filings reflect that, in the early hours of April 6, 2012, King had an argument with the victim during which King stabbed the victim in the leg in a residence located in the Navajo Indian Reservation. Although the victim tried to get away from King by hiding in a bathroom, King dragged the victim out of the bathroom and stabbed her again.

Thereafter, King shot the victim in the leg as the victim ran out of the residence in an effort to get away from King. The victim was treated for multiple stab wounds and a gunshot wound on her leg.

On November 13, 2013, King entered a guilty plea to Count 3 of the indictment and admitted using a firearm during an assault she committed on April 6, 2012.

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