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Fruitland man pleads guilty to manslaughter charge

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A Fruitland man who beat a 32-year-old man to death last year has pleaded guilty to a federal involuntary manslaughter charge.

The U.S. attorney's office says in a news release that 20-year-old Uriah Upshaw faces up to 15 years in federal prison when he is sentenced.

According to the U.S. attorney, Mario Desheuquette  started a fight with Upshaw while Desheuquette was intoxicated.

Upshaw later went to Desheuquette's house and a second fight started.

Desheuquette died of a severe beating.

Upshaw admitted repeatedly striking Desheuquette in the head and face during a change of plea hearing in Albuquerque on Thursday.

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Feds nab 2 dozen gang members in NM meth ring


Flora Vista man convicted in child's death in 2007

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) - A Flora Vista man accused of beating and stomping to death a 17-month-old girl was found guilty of an abuse charge that carries an automatic life sentence.

The Farmington Daily Times reports that a jury found 23-year-old Jose Garcia guilty of first-degree intentional abuse of a child resulting in death in the April 2007 death of Taegen McKinney.

Authorities say Garcia stomped on McKinney's chest in while he was babysitting with his girlfriend.

Garcia pleaded guilty to intentional abuse of a child in 2007, but in 2010 the state Supreme Court granted Garcia a new trial on the grounds that his previous attorney didn't adequately instruct Garcia about the charge he was pleading to and the mandatory life sentence that followed.

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3rd suspect held in Four Corners shooting death

DURANGO, Colo. (AP) - A third person has been arrested in connection with the slaying of a man in southwest Colorado.

La Plata County sheriff's officials said Thursday that 19-year-old Shanice O. Smith of Farmington, N.M., is being held on suspicion of first-degree murder. Bond was set at $500,000.

She is accused in the shooting death of 39-year-old Joey Benavidez of Ignacio, Colo., on April 3.

Two others have been arrested in the case. Eighteen-year-old Elijah Anlgin is being held in La Plata County with a bond of $1 million, while 19-year-old Tommy Lee Mitchell is being held in New Mexico while extradition proceedings continue.

A gag order has been issued in the case, but authorities have previously said that Benavidez may have been shot because he couldn't pay a drug debt.


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FBI seeking suspect in stabbing of woman, 33

The FBI and Navajo Department of Criminal Investigations are looking for a suspect in connection with the Friday stabbing and shooting of a Navajo woman on the Navajo Indian reservation near Farmington.

Perfinna King, 32, of the Navajo Nation, is wanted on federal charges.

King is suspected of stabbing and shooting a 33-year-old woman in Ojo Amarillo whose identity is not being released.

The woman was taken to San Juan Regional Medical Center.

King should be considered armed and dangerous.

King is 5 feet 5 inches tall, weighs about 165 pounds, and has black hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information on King's whereabouts is asked to contact the Albuquerque FBI, 505-889-1300 (24 hours).

Police: 4th man arrested in Gallup shootings

GALLUP, N.M. (AP) - Gallup police says a fourth man has been arrested in connection with a string of unrelated shootings last month that sparked hysteria and led a group of men to arm themselves.

The Gallup Independent reportsthat Gallup Police Deputy Chief John Allen said the man is in custody and has confessed to the shooting.

But he said the man's name has not been released since he has not been formally charged.

Allen said the man is expected to be charged this week in connection with a shooting outside the Gallup Indian Medical Center on March 12.

A father and son in Gallup were killed the same evening when police responded to several shootings. The hysteria prompted people on social media to report that gangs were roaming Gallup.

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Police arrest Farmington man for murder, seek 2nd suspect

La Plata County Sheriff deputies arrested a Farmington man Wednesday in connection with the shooting death of a Four Corners man on Tuesday.

Elijah Anglin,18, has been charged with first degree murder. He is being held without bond at the La Plata County Detention Center until a court appearance later Wednesday.

Police believe Anglin shot and killed Joey Benavidez, 39, at Benevidez’ residence about two miles southwest of Ignacio, Colorado.

Also on Wednesday, La Plata Sheriff's investigators identified a second suspect, Tommy Mitchell, of Farmington.

A warrant was issued Wednesday for his arrest for first degree murder.

Mitchell is described as a black male; 19 years old; 5'4"; 136 lbs; brown eyes and short black hair. Police say he should be considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached.