Man pleads guilty to discharging firearm while assaulting 4 women, 2 children on Navajo Nation

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ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico — A Shiprock man has pleaded guilty to discharging a firearm while assaulting four women and two children on the Navajo Nation last year.

Prosecutors say 31-year-old Jeffrey J. Franklin entered a plea agreement Wednesday and is facing a 10-year sentence in federal prison.

He was accused of violating the federal firearms laws by discharging a firearm during an act of violence.

Franklin was arrested last August.

A criminal complaint alleged that Franklin assaulted the women and children by firing shots on Aug. 9 while inside the residence of one of the victims and by firing shots at the victims' vehicles.

Prosecutors say two children were inside one of those vehicles.

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