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Mariano Lake man sentenced to five years in prison for Manslaughter in Indian Country

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

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Harrison Davis, 60, of Mariano Lake, New Mexico, and an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, was sentenced in federal court today to five years in prison for involuntary manslaughter in Indian Country. Davis pleaded guilty on May 10, 2021.

According to the plea agreement and other court records, on July 1, 2018, in McKinley County, New Mexico, on the Navajo Nation, Davis was riding an ATV with his five-year-old grandson. Davis was intoxicated at the time, causing him to crash. Both Davis and his grandson were ejected. The grandson was not wearing a helmet and died at the scene from blunt head trauma. Medical records show Davis’ blood alcohol content was .278 three to four hours after the crash.

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

The Gallup Resident Agency of the FBI Albuquerque Field Office investigated this case.

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Updated April 26, 2022

Indian Country Law and Justice
Violent Crime
Press Release Number: 22-92