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Delayed sentence handed down for burglar


A Gallup woman was sentenced Thursday for her roll in a residential burglary on the Navajo Reservation back in 2016. Kari Johnson, 33, was sentenced to a prison sentence of 27 months, the same sentence her partner in the burglary, Eric Martinez, received.

There was a third unnamed person who was involved in the burglary, according the court records, but he was never arrested. According to court records, the three came onto the reservation on Feb. 19, 2016, and went to a Navajo community that was not named.

They broke into a building by breaking though a screen and disabling the lock. They then managed to get away after stealing more than $60,000 worth of items. Navajo Nation Police managed to recover some of the stolen items. Then after their arrest in February of 2019, the probation office was able to recover more, but in the end $37,081 worth remained missing.

“Beyond the substantial financial damage to the victims, their emotional sense of security was also taken from them,” according to a document submitted by the prosecution. Johnson was scheduled to be sentence in April, but it had to be postponed because of the court shutdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Bill Donovan

Bill Donovan has been writing about the Navajo Nation government since 1971 and for the Navajo Times since 1976. He is currently semi-retired and is living in Torrance, California, and continues to report for the Navajo Times.


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