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Thursday, January 8, 2015

Jicarilla Apache Man Sentenced to Eight Years for Involuntary Manslaughter Conviction

ALBUQUERQUE – Isaiah Dean Trujillo, 24, a member of the Jicarilla Apache Nation who resides in Dulce, N.M., was sentenced this morning to eight years in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release for his conviction on two counts of involuntary manslaughter.  The sentence was announced by U.S. Attorney Damon P. Martinez and Chief Kendell Vicenti of the Jicarilla Apache Tribal Police Department.

Trujillo was arrested on May 6, 2013, on a criminal complaint alleging involuntary manslaughter charges arising out of a single motor vehicle collision occurring on April 24, 2013, in Dulce, N.M., within the Jicarilla Apache Nation.  Two women, both members of the Jicarilla Apache Nation, died as a result of injuries sustained during the collision.  Trujillo, the driver of the vehicle, was intoxicated at the time of the collision.

Trujillo entered a guilty plea to two involuntary manslaughter charges on March 12, 2014.  In his plea agreement, Trujillo admitted that on April 24, 2013, he drove a vehicle in excess of 70 miles per hour on a road with a 35 mile per hour speed limit after consuming a large amount of alcohol.  Trujillo further admitted that he lost control of the vehicle and the vehicle flipped over.  Two of the four passengers in the vehicle were killed and the other two suffered serious bodily injuries.  Trujillo further admitted that his blood alcohol concentration was .29 following the collision.

This case was investigated by the Jicarilla Apache Tribal Police Department and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer M. Rozzoni.

Updated January 26, 2015