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Friday, January 3, 2014

Jicarilla Apache Man Pleads Guilty to Involuntary Manslaughter Charge

ALBUQUERQUE – Jeremiah Burns, 32, a member of the Jicarilla Apache Nation who resides in Dulce, N.M., pleaded guilty this morning to an indictment charging him with involuntary manslaughter.

Burns was arrested in Aug. 2013, based on an indictment charging him with killing a man on Oct. 22, 2011, while driving under the influence of alcohol within the Jicarilla Apache Indian Reservation.  In entering his guilty plea, Burns admitted killing the victim while driving under the influence of alcohol and marijuana which rendered him incapable of exercising clear judgment and a steady hand in handling a vehicle.  As such, Burns acknowledged that he operated the vehicle without due caution and with a reckless disregard that imperiled the lives of others.   

Under the terms of his plea agreement, Burns will be sentenced to 20 months in federal prison followed by a term of supervised release to be determined by the court.  Burns’ sentencing hearing has yet to be scheduled.

The case was investigated by the Farmington office of the FBI and the Jicarilla Apache Tribal Police Department, and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kyle T. Nayback.
Updated January 26, 2015