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Thursday, March 8, 2018

Navajo Man from Churchrock Sentenced to Prison for Federal Voluntary Manslaughter Conviction

ALBUQUERQUE – Randy Payton, 35, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Churchrock, N.M., was sentenced today in federal court in Albuquerque, N.M., to 137 months in prison for his voluntary manslaughter conviction.  Payton will be on supervised release for three years after completing his prison sentence.

Payton was arrested on Oct. 19, 2016, on a criminal complaint charging him with killing a Navajo man on the Navajo Indian Reservation in McKinley County, N.M., on Oct. 14, 2016.  According to the criminal complaint, Payton killed the victim by hitting and kicking him repeatedly during a fight.  Payton subsequently was indicted on the same charge on Nov. 15, 2016.

On July 18, 2017, Payton pled guilty to the indictment and admitted killing the victim during a fight on Oct. 14, 2016. 

This case was investigated by the Gallup office of the FBI and the Navajo Nation Department of Public Safety and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Novaline Wilson.

Indian Country Law and Justice
Violent Crime
Updated March 8, 2018