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March 3, 2015

Gallup Man Sentenced for Federal Involuntary Manslaughter Conviction

ALBUQUERQUE—Calvin Frank Joe, 41, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Gallup, N.M., was sentenced this morning to 42 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release for his involuntary manslaughter conviction.

Joe was arrested on Feb. 19, 2014, on an indictment charging him with second degree murder. The indictment alleged that Joe killed another Navajo man on the Navajo Indian Reservation in McKinley County, N.M., on April 18, 2013.

Joe pled guilty on Nov. 4, 2014, to a felony information charging him with involuntary manslaughter. In his plea agreement, Joe admitted assaulting the victim by striking, beating and wounding him, and acknowledged that the assault resulted in the victim’s death.

The case was investigated by the Gallup office of the FBI and the Crownpoint office of the Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kyle T. Nayback prosecuted the case.

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