Shiprock man gets prison for 2nd-degree murder

August 21, 2013 • State News

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Shiprock man has been sentenced to 19 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder and attempted robbery.

Federal prosecutors in New Mexico say 32-year-old Malcolm Altisi also [auth] was sentenced Tuesday to two years of supervised release.

He entered into a plea agreement in March.

Altisi was accused of killing 25-year-old Rolan Joe on Oct. 17, 2011.

Prosecutors say Altisi admitted to attempting to rob a man at his Shiprock home at gunpoint.

He told authorities that he shot Joe later that day when Joe confronted him about the attempted robbery.

Altisi has been in federal custody since his arrest in November 2011.

A co-defendant in the case also has pleaded guilty and remains detained pending his sentencing hearing, which has yet to be scheduled.

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