Farmington man sentenced in manslaughter case

The Daily Times staff
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FARMINGTON — A Farmington man was sentenced to 12 years in prison after pleading guilty last summer to voluntary manslaughter and a firearm charge.

Sage Yazzie, 21, was sentenced Thursday in Santa Fe federal court for killing a man and discharging a firearm during a crime of violence, according to a U.S. Department of Justice press release.

Yazzie entered a Huerfano residence on Feb. 23, 2016, and shot an older, Native American male in the head once with a gun, according to the criminal complaint. The complaint lists the victim as "John Doe."

During a June 14 hearing, Yazzie pleaded guilty to the two charges and admitted to the shooting.

He was arrested on March 10, 2016, and indicted on March 23, 2016. He was initially charged with first-degree murder along with the gun charge.   

Yazzie will have three years of supervised release after completing his prison sentence.

The Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety, Farmington office of the FBI and Farmington Police Department assisted in the investigation.