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Ramah Navajo Man Sentenced to 78 Months for Voluntary Manslaughter Conviction

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

ALBUQUERQUE — Allen Norton, 45, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Ramah, N.M., was sentenced today in federal court in Santa Fe, N.M., to 78 months in prison for his voluntary manslaughter conviction.  He will be on supervised release for three years after completing his prison sentence.

 Norton was arrested on April 27, 2015, on a criminal complaint charging him with killing a man on April 25, 2015, by stabbing him.  The crime occurred at the victim’s residence on the Navajo Indian Reservation in McKinley County, N.M. 

Norton was subsequently indicted on May 12, 2015, on a voluntary manslaughter charge.  On Sept. 22, 2015, Norton pled guilty to the indictment and admitted killing the victim by stabbing him with a knife.

 This case was investigated by the Albuquerque office of the FBI and the Ramah Navajo Tribal Police Department.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah Mease prosecuted the case.

Updated February 19, 2016

Indian Country Law and Justice
Violent Crime