ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A 58-year-old Navajo Nation man faces eight years in prison after pleading guilty to voluntary manslaughter in a 2016 fatal stabbing.
Larry June of Shiprock, New Mexico, originally was charged with second-degree murder in the killing of a 53-year-old Navajo woman. But he pleaded guilty Monday in federal court in Albuquerque to the lesser manslaughter charge under an agreement with prosecutors.
Court documents don’t identify the victim by name but say the mortally wounded woman told others at the homicide scene that the man who stabbed her during an argument was her husband.
Documents say the victim was stabbed insider her food-preparation trailer at the site of a traditional Navajo ceremony along U.S. 491 near Sheep Springs.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office says June’s sentencing hasn’t yet been scheduled.