Utah man sentenced for involuntary manslaughter

The Daily Times staff

FARMINGTON — A Utah man has been sentenced to more than three years in prison after pleading guilty last summer to rolling his vehicle and killing a passenger.

Lelander Mays, 32, of Red Mesa, Utah, was sentenced to three years and one month in prison on an involuntary manslaughter conviction during a hearing Tuesday afternoon in Albuquerque federal court, according to a U.S. Department of Justice press release.

He pleaded guilty on June 7 and faced a maximum sentence of eight years.

The criminal complaint states Mays was driving on Navajo Route 13 south of Shiprock on Dec. 6, 2016, when he rolled his white SUV, and a passenger was ejected from the right front seat of the vehicle.

The victim was transported to the San Juan Regional Medical Center in Farmington but died a short time later after suffering severe injuries to his head.

Mays was transported to the Northern Navajo Medical Center in Shiprock for injuries and was later arrested by an officer for the Navajo Police Department. He was indicted on Dec. 20, 2016.

During a Dec. 7, 2016, interview, Mays told police he had been drinking vodka while he drove the vehicle.

He registered a 0.28 and 0.26 blood-alcohol content during a breath test, according to court documents. In New Mexico, the legal limit to operate a motor vehicle is a 0.08 blood-alcohol content.

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