Gallup men sentenced for fatal 2010 car crash

November 15, 2013 • State News

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Gallup man has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison in connection with a fatal car accident in 2010.

Prosecutors said Thursday that 53-year-old Thomas Benally also must pay [auth] nearly $3,500 restitution with a co-defendant for the victim’s funeral costs.

Benally pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the case in June.

He and a co-defendant — 48-year-old Luke Spencer — were indicted in March 2012.

Prosecutors say Benally was driving under the influence of alcohol and fatally ran over a 71-year-old man while backing up a truck on the Navajo Nation in early October 2010.

Benally also was accused of driving away from the scene without checking on the victim’s condition or calling authorities.

Spencer, of Gallup, received a 37-month federal prison term for an involuntary manslaughter conviction.

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