Shiprock man sentenced for 2016 killing in Sanostee

The Daily Times staff
Zachariah Nez

FARMINGTON — A Shiprock man was sentenced to six years in prison for a voluntary manslaughter charge in federal court in Albuquerque today.

Zachariah Nez, 22, will have three years of supervised release after completing his prison sentence, according to a press release from the U.S. Department of Justice.

Nez was arrested in October 2016 on a criminal complaint charging him with killing a man on the Navajo Nation.

The complaint alleges Nez killed the unidentified victim in Sanostee by striking the victim with a rock.

Nez was indicted in November 2016 for a second-degree murder charge.

He pleaded guilty on June 15 to a voluntary manslaughter charge in federal court in Albuquerque as part of a plea agreement, according to The Daily Times archives.