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District of Nevada

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Husband Sentenced To 10 Years In Prison For Stabbing Wife To Death On Fort McDermitt Indian Reservation

RENO, Nev. – A member of the Fort McDermitt Paiute-Shoshone Tribe of Nevada and Oregon was sentenced on Monday to 120 months in prison for his conviction for voluntary manslaughter in his wife’s death at their home on the Fort McDermitt Indian Reservation, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Steven W. Myhre for the District of Nevada. His wife was a member of the Te-Moak Tribe of the Western Shoshone.


Following a six-day jury trial, Nelson Ray McKee, 45, was found guilty of voluntary manslaughter. According to the indictment, on Dec. 31, 2014, McKee stabbed his wife in the chest which resulted in her death. United States District Judge Robert C. Jones presided over the jury trial and sentencing hearing.


The case was investigated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, and FBI. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Shannon M. Bryant and Carla B. Higginbotham.



Indian Country Law and Justice
Updated May 16, 2017