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Shiprock Woman Sentenced to 110 Months in Prison
for Voluntary Manslaughter Conviction

August 14, 2013

ALBUQUERQUE – Pamela Navasie, 42, an enrolled member of the Hopi Tribe who resides in Shiprock, N.M., was sentenced yesterday afternoon to 110 months in federal prison followed by five years of supervised release for her voluntary manslaughter conviction.

Navasie was arrested on Jan. 11, 2011, and charged with killing a 65-year-old Navajo woman at the victim’s Shiprock residence.  Navasie has been in federal custody since her arrest.

On Jan. 11, 2013, Navasie pleaded guilty to a felony information charging her with voluntary manslaughter and admitted stabbing the victim in the neck and causing the victim’s death.  Navasie admitted stabbing the victim in the heat of passion while the two women were quarreling.

This case was investigated by the Farmington office of the FBI and the Shiprock office of the Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Charles L. Barth.

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