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Jicarilla tribal member pleads guilty to manslaughter

SANTA FE, N.M. — Isaiah Dean Trujillo, 24, a member of the Jicarilla Apache Nation from Dulce, pleaded guilty Wednesday to two counts of involuntary manslaughter, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Albuquerque announced.

Trujillo was arrested in May 2013, on a criminal complaint alleging involuntary manslaughter after a single vehicle collision in April 2013, within the Jicarilla Apache Nation killed two women, both members of the Jicarilla Apache Nation. Trujillo, the driver of the vehicle, was intoxicated at the time, the U.S. Attorney said in a news release..

According to the release: In his plea agreement, Trujillo admitted he drove a vehicle in excess of 70 miles per hour on a road with a 35 mile per hour speed limit after consuming a large amount of alcohol. “Trujillo further admitted that he lost control of the vehicle and the vehicle flipped over.  Two of the four passengers in the vehicle were killed and the other two suffered serious injuries.  Trujillo further admitted that his blood alcohol concentration was .29 following the collision.”

Trujillo’s sentencing hearing has yet to be scheduled but under the terms of his plea agreement he will be sentenced to eight years in federal prison followed by a term of supervised release to be determined by the court.



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