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Isleta Pueblo Man Pleads Guilty to Involuntary Manslaughter Charge

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

ALBUQUERQUE – James Anzara, 34, a member and resident of the Isleta Pueblo, N.M., pleaded guilty this afternoon to an indictment charging him with involuntary manslaughter.  Anzara’s guilty plea was announced by U.S. Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzales, DuWayne W. Honahni, Sr., Special Agent in Charge of District IV of BIA’s Office of Justice Services, and Acting Police Chief Kevin Mariano of the Pueblo of Isleta Police Department.

During today’s plea hearing, Anzara admitted killing a man while driving while under the influence of alcohol on Iselta Pueblo on Apr, 21, 2012.  Anzara also acknowledged his blood alcohol concentration was .08 grams or higher within three hours after he killed the victim.

At sentencing, which has yet to be scheduled, Anzara faces a maximum penalty of egiht years of imprisonment to be followed by a term of supervised release to be determined by the court.

This case was investigated by the Southern Pueblos Agency of the BIA’s Office of Justice Services and the Isleta Police Department, and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Elaine Y. Ramirez.

Updated January 26, 2015