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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of New Mexico

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Navajo Man Pleads Guilty to Murder

            ALBUQUERQUE – Troy Livingston, 20, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Bread Springs, New Mexico, pled guilty in federal court in Albuquerque yesterday to second degree murder in Indian Country.

            According to his plea agreement and other court records, Livingston beat Jane Doe, his girlfriend and the mother of his young child, with his hands, feet, and a metal flashlight, which inflicted severe injuries to her head, face and body.  Livingston admitted that he killed Jane Doe with malice aforethought and that he acted with callous and wanton disregard for human life. The murder took place at a residence located in McKinley County and within the exterior boundaries of the Navajo Nation.  

            Livingston is currently in custody awaiting sentencing.  He faces up to life in prison.

            The Federal Bureau of Investigation worked jointly with the Navajo Department of Criminal Investigations to investigate this case.  Assistant U.S. Attorneys David P. Cowen and Frederick T. Mendenhall are prosecuting the case.

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Topic(s): 
Indian Country Law and Justice
Violent Crime
Contact: 
Scott Howell Public Affairs Officer Office of the U.S. Attorney District of New Mexico (505) 379-9888
Press Release Number: 
20-129
Updated August 6, 2020