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Jicarilla Apache Man Receives Sixty-Six Month Prison Sentence for Voluntary Manslaughter Conviction

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

ALBUQUERQUE – Kevin Cavazone, 30, a member of the Jicarilla Apache Nation who resides in Dulce, N.M., was sentenced this afternoon to 66 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release for his voluntary manslaughter conviction.

Cavazone pleaded guilty on May 14, 2013, to a felony information charging him with voluntary manslaughter.  According to court filings, Cavazone killed David Cachucha, a Jicarilla Apache man, on Nov. 22, 2011, by stabbing him repeatedly in the torso.  The crime took place on the Jicarilla Apache Indian Reservation during a fight between Cavazone and the victim.  During his plea hearing, Cavazone admitted stabbing the victim in the torso during a fight that began after the two men and several others had been drinking alcohol.

This case was investigated by the Albuquerque and Farmington offices of the FBI and the Jicarilla Apache Tribal Police Department, and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark T. Baker.

Updated January 26, 2015