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Monday, March 27, 2017

Navajo Man from Ramah Pleads Guilty to Federal Voluntary Manslaughter Charge

ALBUQUERQUE – Nochise Martinez, 23, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Ramah, N.M., pled guilty today in federal court in Albuquerque, N.M., to a voluntary manslaughter charge. Under the terms of his plea agreement, Martinez will be sentenced to 48 months in prison followed by a term of supervised release to be determined by the court.


Martinez was arrested on Jan. 4, 2017, on a criminal complaint charging him with killing a Navajo man on the Ramah Navajo Indian Reservation in Cibola County, N.M., on Dec. 31, 2016. According to the criminal complaint, Martinez stabbed the victim multiple times during a fight.


During today’s proceedings, Martinez pled guilty to a felony information charging him with voluntary manslaughter. In entering the guilty plea, Martinez admitted that on Dec. 31, 2016, he killed the victim by stabbing him in the chest with a knife during a fight between the two men. Martinez remains in custody pending a sentencing hearing, which has yet to be scheduled.


This case was investigated by the Gallup office of the FBI and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph Spindle.

Indian Country Law and Justice
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Updated March 27, 2017