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Vanderwagon Man Charged with Involuntary Manslaughter

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

ALBUQUERQUE – Alexander M.M. Uballez, United States Attorney for the District of New Mexico, and Raul Bujanda, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Albuquerque Field Office, announced that a federal grand jury returned a superseding indictment charging Sheldon Carlton Daye with two counts of involuntary manslaughter. Daye, 30, of Vanderwagon, and an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, will remain on conditions of release pending trial.

According to the indictment, on or about Oct. 2, 2022, Daye killed John and Jane Doe by operating a motor vehicle without due caution and circumspection and with a wanton and reckless disregard for human life.

An indictment is only an allegation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. If convicted, Daye faces a maximum of 16 years in prison.

The Gallup Resident Agency of the FBI Albuquerque Field Office investigated this case with assistance from the Navajo Police Department and Department of Criminal Investigations. Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark Probasco is prosecuting the case.

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Updated January 29, 2024

Indian Country Law and Justice
Press Release Number: 24-40