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Yah-Ta-Hay Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Voluntary Manslaughter Charge

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

ALBUQUERQUE – Allen Harragarra, 34, a member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Yah-Ta-Hay, N.M., pleaded guilty this morning to a felony information charging him with voluntary manslaughter.

Harragarra was arrested in Dec. 2013, on a complaint alleging that he killed a Navajo man on Dec. 2, 2013, on the grounds of a school in Tohatchi, N.M., which is located within the Navajo Indian Reservation.  According to the complaint, Harragarra stabbed the victim in the neck during a physical altercation. 

During today’s plea hearing, Harragarra pled guilty to voluntary manslaughter and admitted killing the victim on Dec. 2, 2013, by stabbing him in the neck.  In his plea agreement, Harragarra said he stabbed the victim once in the neck while he was acting out of fear and in the heat of passion.

Under the terms of his plea agreement, Harragarra will be sentenced to a federal prison term within the range of 60 to 66 months followed by a term of supervised release to be determined by the court.  Harragarra remains in custody pending his sentencing hearing, which has yet to be scheduled.

The case was investigated by the Albuquerque and Gallup offices of the FBI and the Crownpoint District of the Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety, and is being prosecuted by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney David Adams.

Updated January 26, 2015