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Jicarilla Apache Man Sentenced to 46 Months in Prison on Federal Manslaughter Conviction

U.S. Attorney’s Office December 10, 2010
  • District of New Mexico (505) 346-7274

This morning, Paul Callado, Jr., a 41-year old member of the Jicarilla Apache Tribe, was sentenced to a 46-month term of imprisonment based on an involuntary manslaughter conviction. United States District Judge James O. Browning also sentenced Callado to a three-year term of supervised release. Judge Browning ordered that Callado self-surrender within 48 hours to the United States Marshals Service to begin serving his sentence.

Callado was arrested on April 28, 2010 based on an indictment charging him with the second degree murder of Lester Vicenti, a 44-year-old member of the Jicarilla Apache Tribe. On September 9, 2010, Callado pled guilty to an information charging him with involuntary manslaughter under a plea agreement with the United States Attorney's Office.

United States Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzales said that the charge against Callado arose from a physical alteration between Callado and Mr. Vicenti at Callado's residence on the Jicarilla Apache Reservation on September 20, 2005. In his plea agreement, Callado admitted he striking Mr. Vicenti several times during the altercation. Although Callado did not intend to kill Mr. Vicenti, the injuries Mr. Vicenti suffered during the altercation contributed to his death two days later on September 22, 2005. Court records reflect that both Callado and Mr. Vicenti were intoxicated at the time of the altercation.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jack E. Burkhead and was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Jicarilla Apache Police Department.

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