Navajo Woman Gets 28 Months in Prison For Stabbing

On Monday May 22, Donna Karen Holyan, 50, of Fort Defiance was sentenced by U.S. District Judge John J. Tuchi to 28 months in prison, followed by three years’ supervised release. Holyan had previously pleaded guilty to assault resulting in serious bodily injury.

The evidence showed that Holyan stabbed the victim approximately four times at a grocery store on the Navajo Nation Indian Reservation. Both Holyan and the victim are enrolled members of the Navajo Nation Indian Reservation.

The investigation in this case was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The prosecution was handled by Christine Keller, Assistant U.S. Attorney, District of Arizona, Phoenix.