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UPDATED: Church Rock man sentenced

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Danny Dan Don Brown, 25, a member of the Navajo Nation who lives in Church Rock, was sentenced in federal court last week to 162 months in prison to be followed by two years of supervised release for his conviction on second-degree murder, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a news release.

Brown also was ordered to pay $1,200 in restitution to cover the cost of the victim’s funeral and related expenses, the release said.

Brown and co-defendant Melvyn Lee Morgan, 29, of Gallup, were arrested on Dec. 27, 2011, and charged with the Dec. 3, 2011, murder of Robert L. Smith after an alcohol-fueled fight in Church Rock, federal prosecutors said.

Morgan has pleaded not guilty to the indictment and is scheduled to face trial on July 8, according to the release. Brown pleaded guilty in March.


2/6/13 — Man Pleads to Murder Charge

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A Church Rock man has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in connection with a fatal fight in New Mexico.

Prosecutors said 25-year-old Danny Dan Don Brown entered into a plea agreement Tuesday with the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Brown and a co-defendant were charged in the fatal attack on a man on Dec. 3, 2011. Authorities say the killing occurred in Church Rock, which is on the Navajo Nation.

Authorities say Brown and the co-defendant repeatedly kicked and punched the victim during an alcohol-fueled fight. The victim died as a result of his injuries.

Prosecutors said Brown faces between 12 and 15 years in prison when he’s sentenced. He remains in custody pending his sentencing hearing.

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