FARMINGTON — A federal jury on June 17 found a Shiprock man guilty of a 2020 assault charge after he was accused of repeatedly stabbing a woman.
Christopher Kee, 48, was found guilty of assault with a dangerous weapon with intent to cause bodily harm by the jury in federal court in Albuquerque, according to a press release from the US Department of Justice.
The press release says a grand jury indicted Kee on May 25.
In an affidavit in support of a criminal complaint, during an April 2020 argument at Kee’s home north of Shiprock, he threw the woman on the bed and charged her when she tried to get up.
The woman kicked Kee in the genitals, the affidavit states.
He retrieved his pocket knife and stabbed the woman repeatedly in various places on her body, then punched and kicked her several times.
After seeing how much she was bleeding from her abdomen, he poured sugar on the wound and applied pressure to stop the bleeding, according to the court document.
The document says he slapped her when she cried out in pain.
When he wasn’t looking, she ran out of the house and then ran to a highway where she stopped a motorist who rushed her to Northern Navajo Medical Center in Shiprock, where she was treated.
Kee could face up to 10 years in prison, according to the press release.
He will remain in custody pending a sentencing hearing, which has yet to be scheduled.
Noel Lyn Smith covers the Navajo Nation for the Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4636 or by email at [email protected]
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