Kirtland man takes plea deal in Fruitland murder case
FARMINGTON — A Kirtland man has pleaded guilty in federal court to being an accessory after the fact and impeding an investigation into a murder and assault last year in Fruitland.
Under the terms of his plea agreement, Maynard Shirley, 37, will be sentenced to three and a half years in prison, followed by a term of supervised release, according to a press release from the Department of Justice.
Maynard Shirley and his brothers Elijah Shirley, 31, and Michael Shirley, 32, were indicted on April 14, 2015, and charged with killing 30-year-old Brandon BlueEyes on March 21, 2015, by stabbing him with a knife and assaulting his father with a weapon, causing serious bodily injury, according to court records.
On Tuesday, Maynard Shirley pleaded guilty to being an accessory after the fact in connection to the voluntary manslaughter offense.
He admitted that from March 21 to 23, 2015, he helped Elijah Shirley by transporting him, securing housing for him and burning his car, despite knowing his brother had committed voluntary manslaughter, according to the release.
Michael Shirley pleaded guilty Sept. 21 to being an accessory after the fact. Under terms of his plea agreement, he will be sentenced to more than five years in prison, followed by supervised release.
That same day, Elijah Shirley pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and admitted to stabbing and killing the victim. He will be sentenced to more than 10 years in prison and supervised release.
All of the defendants will remain in custody pending sentencing hearings, which have not yet been scheduled.