Drunk driver sentenced to five years and 10 months in prison for involuntary manslaughter in Indian Country

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Alexander M.M. Uballez, United States Attorney for the District of New Mexico, announced that on Oct. 5, Anthony Faustine, 42, of Acoma, New Mexico, and an enrolled member of the Pueblo of Acoma, was sentenced on to five years and 10 months in prison for involuntary manslaughter in Indian Country.

Faustine pleaded guilty on Jan. 26. On April 22, 2020, Faustine attempted to evade law enforcement while driving with a blood alcohol level at twice the legal limit. When Faustine lost control of the vehicle, a passenger, identified in court records as John Doe, was ejected and died from injuries sustained in the crash. The incident occurred on the Pueblo of Laguna.

Upon his release from prison, Faustine will be subject to three years of supervised release.

The Bureau of Indian Affairs investigated this case with assistance from the New Mexico State Police and Laguna Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Nicholas J. Marshall prosecuted the case.

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