US Attorney for the District of New Mexico: Farmington Man Pleads Guilty to Arson


January 17, 2024, 7:01 pm

By: ABQRAW staff

Posted: 01/17/2024 @ 11:55AM

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Albuquerque –

Alexander M.M. Uballez, the United States Attorney for the District of New Mexico, and Raul Bujanda, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Albuquerque Field Office, announced today that Ulrick Bruce Canyon has pleaded guilty to arson of a dwelling. Canyon, 40, a resident of Farmington and an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, will remain in custody pending a scheduled hearing.

In his plea agreement, Canyon admitted to the complete destruction of a residence within the exterior boundaries of the Navajo Nation on August 28, 2023. He initiated the fire by pouring lighter fluid in the bedrooms of the residence, and after igniting the fire, he threw two propane tanks into it. Subsequently, Canyon left the residence with a wheelbarrow filled with his clothing, and he was intercepted by Navajo Nation Police officers.

During sentencing, Canyon could face up to life in prison.

The Farmington Resident Agency of the FBI Albuquerque Field Office, with assistance from the Navajo Nation Police Department and the Navajo Department of Criminal Investigations, conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew J. McGinley is prosecuting the case.

View the Indictment HERE

View the Plea Agreement HERE.


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