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Navajo Woman Sentenced for Federal Involuntary Manslaughter Conviction

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

ALBUQUERQUE – Bryana Agnes Henio, 30, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Little Water, N.M., was sentenced today in federal court in Albuquerque, N.M., to 37 months in prison for her involuntary manslaughter conviction.  She will be on supervised release for three years after completing her prison sentence.

Henio was arrested in Oct. 2017, on a criminal complaint charging her with involuntary manslaughter.  According to the complaint, Henio killed a man by hitting him with a vehicle on Sept. 8, 2017, on the Navajo Indian Reservation in McKinley County, N.M.  At the time Henio ran over the victim, Henio was driving under the influence of alcohol.  

On Nov. 20, 2017, Henio pled guilty to a felony information charging her with involuntary manslaughter, and admitted killing the victim by driving recklessly while under the influence of alcohol.  Henio acknowledged that the alcohol rendered her incapable of exercising clear judgment and a steady hand in operating the vehicle.

This case was investigated by the Navajo Nation Department of Public Safety.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph M. Spindle prosecuted the case. 

Updated April 25, 2018

Indian Country Law and Justice