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Acoma Pueblo Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Voluntary Manslaughter Charge

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

ALBUQUERQUE – Arthur L. Garcia, 23, a member and resident of Acoma Pueblo, N.M., pleaded guilty on Friday, March 27, 2015, to a voluntary manslaughter charge.

According to court filings, Garcia killed the victim, a 33-year-old Acoma Pueblo man, in the early morning hours of May 8, 2014, by throwing a weight at the victim and striking him in the head.  The crime occurred during a scuffle between Garcia and the victim on Acoma Pueblo in Cibola County, N.M.

During Friday’s proceedings, Garcia pled guilty to a felony information charging him with voluntary manslaughter.  In entering his guilty plea, Garcia admitted killing the victim by striking the victim with a ten-pound weight with the intention of causing him serious bodily injury.

At sentencing, Garcia faces a statutory maximum penalty of 15 years in prison followed by at least three years of supervised release.  Garcia has been in federal custody since his arrest and remains detained pending his sentencing hearing which has yet to be scheduled.

This case was investigated by the Albuquerque office of the FBI, the Acoma/Laguna Agency of the BIA’s Office of Justice Services and the Acoma Pueblo Tribal Police Department.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Niki Tapia-Brito is prosecuting the case.

Updated March 30, 2015