FARMINGTON — A 32-year-old Shiprock man was sentenced Tuesday to 19 years in prison for second-degree murder and attempted armed robbery.
Malcolm Altisi shot and killed Rolan Joe, a 25-year-old Navajo man, on Oct. 17, 2011, according to court documents.
The shooting happened outside Altisi's apartment at South Mutual Housing in Shiprock.
FBI investigators arrested Altisi on Nov. 9, 2011, and he has been in federal custody since then. He pleaded guilty March 11, 2013, according to the documents.
Acting U.S. Attorney Steven C. Yardbrough announced the prison sentence in a news release on Tuesday. The sentence was handed down by District Judge Martha Vazquez, according to court records.
Altisi and Emery Whitehair, a 21-year-old man from Piñon, Ariz., said they argued with a relative of Joe's earlier on the day of Joe's death. Joe was upset about the attempted robbery, approached Altisi later that night and was shot and killed, according to court documents.
Whitehair has pleaded guilty to a using a firearm during a crime of violence. He will be sentenced to at least seven years in prison. His sentencing hearing hasn't been scheduled.Ryan Boetel covers crime for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4644 and firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @rboetel on Twitter.