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Navajo Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Involuntary Manslaughter Charge

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

ALBUQUERQUE – Kameron Lee Frank, 21, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Iyanbito, N.M., pled guilty this morning to an indictment charging him with involuntary manslaughter.

Frank was arrested on July 21, 2014, based on a criminal complaint charging him with involuntary manslaughter.  According to the complaint, Frank killed a Navajo man who was a passenger in his vehicle when he crashed and rolled his pickup truck while driving under the influence of alcohol.  The crash occurred on May 23, 2014, in a location within the Navajo Indian Reservation in McKinley County, N.M.

During today’s plea hearing, Frank admitted killing the victim by driving recklessly while under the influence of alcohol which rendered him incapable of exercising clear judgment and a steady hand in operating a vehicle.  Frank acknowledged that he operated the vehicle without using due caution and with a reckless disregard that imperiled the lives of others.

Frank faces a statutory maximum penalty of eight years in federal prison. Maximum potential sentences are prescribed by Congress and are provided for informational purposes only.  The sentence imposed on Frank will be determined by the court.  Frank’s sentencing hearing has yet to be scheduled.

This case was investigated by the Crownpoint office of the Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Kyle T. Nayback is prosecuting this case.

Updated January 26, 2015