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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of New Mexico

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Arizona man sentenced to 37 months in federal prison for involuntary manslaughter in Indian Country

           ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Maroquez Clah, 29, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation from Red Valley, Arizona, was sentenced in federal court on Dec. 15 to 37 months in prison for involuntary manslaughter. Clah was also ordered to pay restitution of $4,500.

           Clah previously pleaded guilty to this offense on Sept. 21. In his plea agreement, Clah admitted that on Aug. 30, 2019, he was driving recklessly while under the influence of alcohol, which resulted in the death of the passenger in his vehicle. The single-car incident occurred on Navajo Route 13 in Red Valley.

           The FBI and the Navajo Division of Public Safety investigated this case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Novaline D. Wilson prosecuted the case.

Topic(s): 
Indian Country Law and Justice
Violent Crime
Press Release Number: 
20-239
Updated December 16, 2020