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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Jicarilla Apache Man Pleads Guilty to Voluntary Manslaughter Charge

ALBUQUERQUE – Kevin Cavazone, 30, a member and resident of the Jicarilla Apache Nation, pleaded guilty this afternoon to a felony information charging him with voluntary manslaughter.  Under the terms of the plea agreement, Cavazone will be sentenced to 66 months in federal prison followed by a term of supervised release to be determined by the court.

According to court filings, Cavazone killed David Cachucha, also a member of the Jicarilla Apache Nation, on Nov. 22, 2011, by stabbing him repeatedly in the torso.  The crime took place on the Jicarilla Apache Indian Reservation during a fight between Cavazone and the victim.  During today’s proceedings, Cavazone admitted stabbing the victim in the torso on Nov. 22, 2011, during a fight that began after the two men and several others had been drinking alcohol.

Cavazone has been in federal custody since his arrest on Nov. 28, 2011, and remains detained pending his sentencing hearing which has yet to be scheduled. 

This case was investigated by the Albuquerque and Farmington offices of the FBI and the Jicarilla Apache Tribal Police Department, and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark T. Baker.

Updated January 26, 2015