Gallup man pleads guilty to sexual abuse

April 3, 2014

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ALBUQUERQUE -- Darryle R. Dennison, 25, Navajo, who resides in Gallup, pleaded guilty on March 18 in federal court in Albuquerque to an aggravated sexual abuse charge.

Under the terms of his plea agreement, Dennison will be sentenced to a prison term of 12 to 14 years followed by a term of supervised release to be determined by the court. Dennison will be required to register as a sex offender after he completes his prison sentenced.

Dennison was arrested on June 7, 2013, on a criminal complaint alleging that he sexually abused a child less than 12 years old on June 4, 2013, in a location within the Navajo Reservation.

During Tuesday's hearing, Dennison pleaded guilty to felony information charging him with aggravated sexual abuse and Dennison admitted engaging in a sexual act with a child under the age of 12 years.

Dennison has been in federal custody since his arrest. He remains detained pending his sentencing hearing, which has yet to be scheduled.

Man sentenced for abusive sexual contact

Henry Yazzie, 43, of Tuba City, was sentenced Monday in federal district court by U.S. District Judge David G. Campbell to 20 years in prison followed by lifetime supervised release.

Yazzie previously pleaded guilty to one count of abusive sexual contact of a minor. The arrest warrant identified the victim as an 11-year-old-girl.

Man pleads guilty to involuntary manslaughter

ALBUQUERQUE -- Fanderick Chiquito, 22, who resides in Upper Fruitland, pleaded guilty in federal district court in Albuquerque Tuesday to an indictment charging him with involuntary manslaughter.

Chiquito entered his guilty plea without the benefit of a plea agreement. Chiquito was arrested on Dec. 31, 2013, based on a criminal complaint alleging that he killed a Navajo woman on Dec. 23, 2013, while driving under the influence of alcohol in a location within the Navajo Reservation.

According to court filings, Chiquito caused a three-vehicle collision near mile marker 25 on Navajo Route 36 when he tried to pass a line of vehicles and struck another vehicle head on while driving in the oncoming lane. Both vehicles spun out of control on impact and one of the vehicles struck a third vehicle.

The victim, a passenger in Chiquito's vehicle, died of internal injuries after she was transported to a hospital in Farmington.

After Chiquito was treated for minor injuries, he was arrested on tribal charges based on blood test results indicating a .29 blood alcohol content.

On Jan. 22, 2014, Chiquito was charged with involuntary manslaughter in an indictment alleging that he killed the victim while driving a vehicle under the influence of intoxicating liquor and operating a vehicle carelessly and in wanton disregard for the rights and safety of others. Chiquito pleaded guilty to the indictment during this morning's proceedings.

At sentencing, Chiquito faces a maximum penalty of eight years in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release. His sentencing hearing has yet to be scheduled.

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