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Sanostee man pleads guilty to voluntary manslaughter

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

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Alexander M.M. Uballez, United States Attorney for the District of New Mexico, announced today that Tyrone Atcitty Nez pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter. Nez, 33, of Sanostee, New Mexico, and an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, will remain in custody pending sentencing, which has not been scheduled.

According to the plea agreement and other court records, on June 8, 2022, Nez fatally assaulted a man, identified as John Doe, in the home where Nez resides near Sanostee on the Navajo Nation. Nez allegedly punched John Doe in the face, rendering John Doe unconscious. Nez then allegedly stomped the victim in the face several times. John Doe died as a result of his injuries.

Nez faces up to 17 years in prison.

The Farmington Resident Agency of the FBI Albuquerque Field Office investigated this case with assistance from the Navajo Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Brittany DuChaussee is prosecuting the case.

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Updated March 1, 2024

Indian Country Law and Justice
Press Release Number: 23-33