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Man pleads guilty to involuntary manslaughter

Sentencing hearing yet to be scheduled

Joshua Kellogg
jkellogg@daily-times.com
Crime

FARMINGTON — A Shiprock man has pleaded guilty to killing one person and injuring another when he drove his vehicle off a road and rolled it over while driving under the influence.

Travis Mustache, 34, was arrested last month on an indictment filed on Jan. 24 on federal involuntary manslaughter and assault resulting in serious bodily injury charges, according to a U.S. Department of Justice press release.

Mustache admitted in Albuquerque federal court he was driving his vehicle recklessly on the Navajo Reservation in San Juan County on June 15 when he killed one victim and injured another victim, according to the press release. Neither victim is identified in the court documents.

Mustache admitted in the plea agreement the two victims were passengers in the vehicle he was driving and that he had consumed alcohol prior to operating the vehicle.

The second victim suffered scalp bruises, a liver laceration, rib fractures and bruised lung tissue, according to the plea agreement.

He acknowledged the alcohol had "rendered him incapable of exercising clear judgment and a steady hand in operating the vehicle," according to the press release.

Mustache's blood-alcohol content registered at 0.281 shortly after the vehicle crash, according to court documents. The legal limit for operating a vehicle in New Mexico is 0.8.

He faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison, a fine not to exceed $250,000 and a term of supervised release of not more than three years, the plea agreement states.

A sentencing hear has not been scheduled.

Joshua Kellogg covers crime, courts and social issues for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627.