Man pleads guilty to involuntary manslaughter

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NAVAJO NATION, N.M. (AP) – A 44-year-old Navajo Nation man has pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the killing of another man identified in court documents as one of his brothers.

The U.S. District Attorney’s Office said Berland Thomas pleaded guilty Friday after admitting he assaulted the victim by striking, beating and wounding him at a residence in McKinley County on June 6.

Thomas was initially charged with murder in the case.

Court documents identified the victim as “John Does” but also stated the victim was a brother of Thomas. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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