Kewa Pueblo man sentenced in 2009 machete killing

April 24, 2013 • State News

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Kewa Pueblo man has been sentenced to 16 years in federal prison for killing a man with a machete in 2009.

Federal prosecutors say 24-year-old Adrian Chavez also was sentenced [auth] Wednesday to five years of supervised release.

Chavez pleaded guilty to second-degree murder last June.

He was accused of killing 20-year-old Nevin Garcia on Oct. 21, 2009.

Bureau of Indian Affairs investigators say Chavez and Garcia got into an argument after drinking with two other men.

The other men allegedly helped Chavez remove Garcia’s clothing, wrap him in a plastic tarp and put the body in the back of a pickup truck. The men then drove to a location a short distance from the murder scene and buried Garcia’s body.

Chavez turned himself in to tribal police hours later.

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