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FBI: Navajo Man From Fruitland Gets 20 Years


October 29, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE – U.S. Attorney John C. Anderson, Special Agent in Charge James C. Langenberg of the FBI’s Albuquerque Division, and Director Jesse Delmar of the Navajo Nation Department of Public Safety (NNDPS) announced that Melvin Russell, a previously convicted sex offender, was sentenced in federal court in Albuquerque to 235 months in prison for his conviction on an aggravated sexual abuse charge. Russell will be on supervised release for 10 years after completing his prison sentence. He also will be required to register as a sex offender.

The FBI and NNDPS arrested Russell, 53, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Fruitland, N.M., in July 2014, on a criminal complaint charging him with sexually abusing a Navajo woman May 20, 2014, on the Navajo Nation in San Juan County. Russell subsequently was indicted July 24, 2014, and charged with aggravated sexual abuse.


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