Man pleads guilty to assaulting worker in Dzilth-Na-O-Dith-H clinic

  • Ewing Todacheene pleaded guilty to assaulting a federal employee while using a lethal weapon in Albuquerque Federal Court on Aug. 24.
  • The defendant was initially charged with firing gun shots on April 2, 2020 in the parish of Dzilth-Na-O-Dith-Hle, southeast of Bloomfield. No injuries were reported.
  • Todacheene wrote in the plea agreement that he had pointed his firearm at an employee of the health clinic while she was “in the exercise of her official duties”.

FARMINGTON – A Bloomfield man pleaded guilty to pointing an “assault rifle” at a federal health worker when he was alleged to have fired gunshots in the Dzilth-Na-O-Dith-Hle community last year.

Ewing Todacheene pleaded guilty to assaulting a federal employee with a lethal weapon under a settlement agreement in Albuquerque Federal Court on Aug. 24, according to court documents.

He was charged on April 3, 2020 with the indictment of which he pleaded guilty, along with carrying and unloading a firearm during a violent crime, according to the criminal complaint.

The defendant was charged with firing gun shots on April 2, 2020 in the parish of Dzilth-Na-O-Dith-Hle, southeast of Bloomfield. No injuries were reported.

The complaint alleged that Todacheene drove around in a green Jeep SUV, aimed an AR-15-style assault weapon at people, and fired multiple shots near buildings and apartment buildings.

Witnesses also said he fired the rifle into a playground and into the air.

Eight used cartridge cases of caliber .223 were found in the area of ​​the Dzilth-Na-O-Dith-Hle health clinic.

Todacheene wrote in the plea agreement that he had pointed his firearm at an employee of the health clinic while she was “in the exercise of her official duties”.

When Todacheene was taken into custody, a “black AR15-style assault rifle” and a magazine of ammunition were found in the back seat of the jeep.

The defendant faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in federal prison. The settlement agreement did not include a recommended length of imprisonment by the prosecutor or the defense.

A verdict is not scheduled according to the court files.

Joshua Kellogg reports on breaking news for the Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627 or by email at [email protected]

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