Fargo Man Sentenced to 35 Years in Prison for Murder and Manslaughter in Navajo Nation
For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of New Mexico
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Alexander M.M. Uballez, United States Attorney for the District of New Mexico, and Raul Bujanda, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Albuquerque Field Office, announced that Shilo Aaron Oldrock was sentenced to 35 years in prison. Oldrock, 30, an enrolled member of the Spirit Lake Sioux Tribe, pled guilty in federal court to second degree murder and voluntary manslaughter relating to the deaths of two victims, E.B and P.S., on August 14, 2023.
According to court documents, on the night of January 29, 2021, Oldrock and the victims were drinking and Oldrock was using methamphetamine. P.S. and E.B. got into an altercation resulting in injury to P.S. Instead of rendering aid, Oldrock decided to “finish off” P.S. and struck him in the head with a metal iron, killing him. Oldrock burned P.S.’s body in a burn barrel to cover up his crime.
P.S.’s family reported him missing when they found his abandoned car. P.S. was subsequently added to the FBI’s List of Native Americans Verified as Missing Throughout New Mexico and the Navajo Nation. P.S.’s family continued to search for him for the next two years.
On October 10, 2021, driven by paranoia from the killing of P.S. and the death of Oldrock’s grandmother, Oldrock attacked E.B., stabbing him approximately 22 times before using an ax to decapitate him. Oldrock later admitted to law enforcement that he killed both P.S. and E.B. Both murders occurred within the exterior boundaries of the Navajo Nation in New Mexico.
“It is our solemn duty to bring justice and answers to grieving Tribal communities,” said U.S. Attorney Uballez. “No amount of investigation, prosecution, or years in prison will bring back a murdered loved one. But this team of local, tribal, and federal law enforcement partners will meet the case of each missing and murdered Indigenous person with urgency, transparency, and coordination. Everyone deserves to feel safe in their community and confident that law enforcement will be vigilant in the investigation of missing community members.”
"The rationale behind the depraved violent criminal acts committed in this case may be hard to understand, but our message today is crystal clear: the FBI and its partners will vigorously investigate and prosecute those who show such a callous disregard for innocent lives,” said Special Agent in Charge Bujanda. “The investigation of Oldrock, and his 35-year sentence, stand as a testament to the collaboration and dedication of the FBI, Navajo Nation Criminal Investigators, and the United States Attorney’s Office to bring justice to victims of violent crimes in Indian County.”
The FBI’s List of Native Americans Verified as Missing Throughout New Mexico and the Navajo Nation is the first of its kind in the nation and was created in an effort to improve the reporting of missing persons throughout New Mexico and the Navajo Nation. Partners involved in the project include the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Bureau of Indian Affairs Office of Justice Services, New Mexico Attorney General’s Office, New Mexico Department of Public Safety, New Mexico Department of Indian Affairs, Bernalillo County District Attorney’s Office, and the City of Albuquerque Office of Equity and Inclusion. The FBI also receives information and support from the Navajo Nation, Native American pueblos, and local law enforcement.
The list is updated monthly and can be found at fbi.gov/mmip.
The FBI is seeking public assistance and information on these cases. If you have information, please contact your local FBI office, the nearest American Embassy or Consulate, or submit a tip online at tips.fbi.gov.
The FBI Albuquerque Field Office investigated this case with the assistance of the Navajo Police Department and Department of Criminal Investigations and the Gallup Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Nicholas J. Marshall is prosecuting the case.
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Updated November 28, 2023
Press Release Number: 23-273
Indian Country Law and Justice