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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Torreon Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Involuntary Manslaughter Charge

ALBUQUERQUE – Isaac Gordo, 30, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Torreon, N.M., entered a guilty plea this morning to an involuntary manslaughter charge.  Under the terms of his plea agreement, Gordo will be sentenced to 37 months if federal prison followed by a term of supervised release to be determined by the court.

During today’s proceedings, Gordo pled guilty to a felony information charging him with killing another man on July 17, 2013, while operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol and driving recklessly.  According to the information, the offense occurred on the Navajo Indian Reservation in Sandoval County, N.M.,

In his plea agreement, Gordo admitted killing the victim while driving under the influence of liquor.  Gordo acknowledged that he had been drinking alcohol before he driving his vehicle off the roadway, over correcting and flipping the vehicle so that it came to rest on its roof.

Gordo is in federal custody and remains detained pending his sentencing hearing, which has yet to be scheduled.

This case was investigated by the Albuquerque office of the FBI, the Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety and the New Mexico State Police, and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jacob A. Wishard.

Updated January 26, 2015