Malcolm Altisi, 31, will be sentenced to 19 years in prison as a condition of his plea agreement, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced Monday.
Altisi admitted to shooting Rolan Joe, 25, three times on Oct. 17, 2011, outside of Altisi's home in the South Mutual Housing in Shiprock, according to court documents.
On the night of the shooting, Altisi and Emery Whitehair, 21, allegedly confronted Norman Jones, who is related to Joe, because Jones owed Altisi money.
During the confrontation, Altisi said Whitehair pulled out a .357 revolver and struck Joe on the back of the head, according to court documents.
The blow to the head hurt Jones, which prompted Joe to drive to Altisi's house later that evening, according to court documents.
Altisi told FBI investigators that Joe confronted him outside of his residence. Altisi said he was carrying Whitehair's revolver and he saw Joe reach for something behind his back so he shot him three times.
Joe was taken to Northern Navajo Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.
After the shooting, Altisi allegedly hitchhiked to Manny Farms, Ariz. He was arrested on Nov. 11, 2011, and has been in custody since his arrest.
Whitehair was arrested on Oct. 18, 2011. He has been charged with assault with a dangerous weapon causing serious bodily injury and using a firearm in relation to a crime of
He is scheduled to go to trial April 15.