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Tohajiilee man pleads guilty to murder in Indian Country

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

               ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. –Tristian Cadman, of Tohajilee, New Mexico, and an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, pleaded guilty today to second-degree murder and using a firearm in a crime of violence.

               A grand jury indicted Cadman on Sept. 11, 2019.  In his plea agreement, Cadman admitted that early in the morning of Aug. 21, 2019, he and an associate armed themselves and attempted to rob the victim and the victim’s companion. Following a scuffle, Cadman shot and killed the victim.  The murder took place on the Navajo Nation. Under the terms of the plea agreement, Cadman faces 10 years to life in prison.

               The FBI investigated this case with assistance from the Navajo Police Department.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph M. Spindle is prosecuting the case.

Updated November 24, 2020

Firearms Offenses
Indian Country Law and Justice
Violent Crime
Press Release Number: 20-228