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Navajo Man Charged with Involuntary Manslaughter

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

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Alexander M.M. Uballez, United States Attorney for the District of New Mexico, and Raul Bujanda, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Albuquerque Field Office, announced that Sheldon Carlton Daye was charged with involuntary manslaughter. Daye, 29, of Vanderwagen, and an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, will remain on conditions of release pending trial, which has not been scheduled.

According to the indictment, on Oct. 2, 2022, Daye allegedly hit and killed two people who were stopped on the shoulder of Highway 602, repairing a flat tire, near Bread Springs, NM. Daye was allegedly driving while under the influence at the time. The incident occurred within the exterior boundaries of the Navajo Nation.

An indictment is only an allegation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. If convicted, Daye faces up to 8 years in prison.

The Gallup Resident Agency of the FBI Albuquerque Field Office investigated this case with assistance from the Navajo Police Department and the New Mexico State Police. Assistant United States Attorney Alexander F. Flores is prosecuting the case.

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Updated May 16, 2023

Indian Country Law and Justice
Press Release Number: 23-106