FARMINGTON — A 20 year old pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday to involuntary manslaughter for a drunken-driving crash that left a man dead.

Jervis Wilson, from Cudi, admitted in court that he killed Herman Willeto, 52, on March 2, 2012. Wilson was drinking and driving on U.S. 64 near Shiprock when he caused the crash that killed Willeto, U.S. Attorney Kenneth Gonzales said in a prepared statement.

While Wilson was driving drunk on the highway, he struck a Jeep and a Dodge sedan causing minor damage and injuries to two of the occupants, Gonzales said.

He then stuck Willeto's Ford truck and caused the fatal collision.

Wilson's blood-alcohol-content was .23, nearly three times the legal limit to drive a vehicle, when his blood was drawn after the crash, Gonzales said.

Wilson will face a maximum penalty of eight years in prison when he is sentenced, he said. He has been in custody since March 7.


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