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Man from Shiprock sentenced to 15 years in federal prison for second-degree murder in Indian Country

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

              ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Tavor Tom, 20, of Shiprock, New Mexico, and an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, was sentenced in federal court on April 7 to 15 years in prison for second-degree murder in Indian Country.

              Tom pleaded guilty to this offense on Nov. 24, 2020. According to the plea agreement and other documents, on July 1, 2019, Tom drove to his aunt’s house and stabbed her to death in in San Juan County, New Mexico, on the Navajo Nation. Tom stole the victim’s vehicle and drove to a nearby Walmart to steal dextromethorphan, a cough suppressant. Tom was later arrested by law enforcement after crashing into a fence outside a church while under the influence of dextromethorphan.

               Upon his release from prison, Tom will be subject to three years of supervised release.

               The Farmington Resident Agency of the FBI’s Albuquerque Field Office and the Navajo Nation Police Department investigated this case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph Spindle prosecuted the case.

Updated April 13, 2021

Indian Country Law and Justice
Violent Crime
Press Release Number: 21-74