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Red Mesa Man Sentenced to 11 Years for Involuntary Manslaughter

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Arizona

PHOENIX, Ariz. – Last week, Jarred Darnell Benally, 24, of Red Mesa, Arizona, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Diane J. Humetewa to 132 months in prison. Benally previously pleaded guilty to two counts of Involuntary Manslaughter.  

In October 2019, Benally was driving under the influence of alcohol when he struck the victim’s vehicle at 95 miles an hour. The impact caused the victim’s vehicle to collide with a second vehicle. Two individuals died from the collision. Benally and one victim are enrolled members of the Navajo Nation.

Navajo Nation Criminal Investigations conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kiyoko Patterson, District of Arizona, Phoenix, handled the prosecution.

CASE NUMBER:            CR-20-8034-PCT-JJT    
RELEASE NUMBER:    2021-089_Benally

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Updated November 30, 2021

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Press Release Number: 2021-089_Benally