Man Sentenced in Navajo Nation Reservation Murder

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A Montezuma Creek man will spend more than five years in federal prison for the shooting death of another man on the Navajo Nation reservation last year.

Jeremy Harrison was originally charged with second-degree murder, but in a deal with prosecutors pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in the death of Alphonso Dexter Benally.

Police say the two men argued on July 8, 2006 at Harrison's home. Benally left, returning later with two friends, who began to leave when told Harrison was not home.

But investigators say Harrison was inside the house and chased after Benally with a .22-caliber rifle, shooting and killing him.

An attorney for the 21-year-old Harrison says he acted in the heat of the moment because Benally had threatened his family.


Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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