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Jicarilla Apache Man Gets 46 Months for Involuntary Manslaughter

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The case stemmed from a 2005 altercation between two men on the Jicarilla reservation

A 41-year-old Jicarilla Apache man has been sentenced to 46 months in prison for involuntary manslaughter in the death of another tribal member in 2005, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Albuquerque announced Friday in a news release.

The news release said Paul Callado Jr., 41, also was sentenced Friday by U.S. District Judge James O. Browning to a three-year term of supervised release. The judge ordered Callado to self-surrender within 48 hours to the U.S. Marshals Service to begin serving his prison sentence.

According to U.S. Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzales, the case against Callado arose from a physical altercation between Callado and 44-year-old Lester Vicenti at Callado’s residence on the Jicarilla Apache Reservation on Sept. 20, 2005. According to court records, Callado and Vicenti were intoxicated at the time of the altercation.

The news release said Callado was arrested on April 28 of this year based on an indictment charging him with second-degree murder in Vicenti’s death. Callado pleaded guilty on Sept. 9 to involuntary manslaughter under a plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, according to the news release.

The news release said that in the plea agreement Callado admitted to striking Vicenti several times during the 2005 altercation. Although Callado did not intend to kill Vicenti, the injuries Vicenti suffered contributed to his death on Sept. 22, 2005, two days after the altercation, according to the news release.

 

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