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Acoma Pueblo Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Involuntary Manslaughter Conviction

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

ALBUQUERQUE – Dwight T. Brown, 19, a member and resident of Acoma Pueblo, N.M., was sentenced this morning in federal court in Albuquerque, N.M., to 20 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for his involuntary manslaughter conviction.

Brown was arrested on April 15, 2015, on a criminal complaint charging him with voluntary manslaughter on April 9, 2015.  According to the criminal complaint, Brown ran over and killed a 13-month old Indian child while driving under the influence of alcohol on Acoma Pueblo in Cibola County, N.M.

On Aug. 26, 2015, Brown pled guilty to a felony information charging him with involuntary manslaughter for causing the death of the victim while driving under the influence of alcohol.  The guilty plea was entered without the benefit of a plea agreement.

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

Updated July 19, 2016

Indian Country Law and Justice