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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of New Mexico

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Yah-Ta-Hay Man Sentenced to Sixty-Six Months in Federal Prison for Voluntary Manslaughter Conviction

ALBUQUERQUE – Allen Harragarra, 34, a member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Yah-Ta-Hay, N.M., was sentenced today to 66 months in federal prison for his voluntary manslaughter conviction.  Harragarra will be on supervised release for three years after completing his prison sentence.  He also was ordered to pay $2,689.41 in restitution to cover the victim’s funeral expenses.

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.

On July 22, 2014, Harragarra pled guilty to a voluntary manslaughter charge and admitted killing the victim on Dec. 2, 2013, by stabbing him in the neck.  In his plea agreement, Harragarra admitted stabbing the victim once in the neck while acting out of fear and in the heat of passion.  He acknowledged that his actions resulted in the unlawful death of the victim. 

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

Updated January 26, 2015