FARMINGTON — A Shiprock man is facing a possible 15 year prison sentence for assaulting his mother in January, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

Raydell Billy, 22, pleaded guilty in federal court in Albuquerque on Tuesday to pulling a rifle on his mother and hitting her on the head with it. Billy is also a convicted felon and he pleaded guilty to a firearms charge.

The assault happened on Jan. 12 and Billy was arrested after an interview with FBI investigators on Jan. 16.

Glenneth Martinez, Billy’s mother, told investigators she confronted Billy at his home because Billy’s sister said he beat her, according to court documents.

She said Billy pulled a rifle on her and pulled the trigger. She heard a click, though investigators determined the gun was loaded, according to court documents.

Billy then pulled a jig saw on her and threatened to chop her up, according to court documents. Martinez ran to a neighbor’s house and called police.

During an interview with FBI investigators, Billy denied pulling a gun on his mother. He said he keeps firearms to protect him from a zombie apocalypse and skin walkers, according to court documents.

As a condition of his plea agreement, Billy will be sentenced to up to 10 years for the assault conviction and a minimum of five years for the firearms charge, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

His sentencing hearing hasn't been scheduled.


Billy was convicted in Albuquerque in 2010 to battery on a peace officer, according to a state court website.