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Mescalero Apache Man Sentenced to 78 Months for Federal Voluntary Manslaughter Conviction

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

ALBUQUERQUE – Jerrick Blake, 22, a member of the Mescalero Apache Nation who resides in Mescalero, N.M., was sentenced this morning in Las Cruces, N.M., to 78 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release for his voluntary manslaughter conviction.

According to court filings, Blake killed the victim on the afternoon of Nov. 3, 2014, by stabbing him in the chest with a knife.  The crime occurred during an argument between Blake and the victim on the Mescalero Apache Reservation in Otero County, N.M.

On June 16, 2015, Blake pled guilty to a felony information charging him with voluntary manslaughter.  In entering his guilty plea, Blake admitted killing the victim by stabbing him in the chest during a sudden quarrel.

This case was investigated by the Mescalero Agency of the BIA’s Office of Justice Services and the Mescalero Apache Tribal Police Department.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron O. Jordan of the U.S. Attorney’s Las Cruces Branch Office prosecuted the case.

Updated February 25, 2016

Indian Country Law and Justice
Violent Crime