Farmington man pleads guilty to 2nd-degree murder

ALBUQUERQUE (AP) – A Farmington man has become the fourth person to plead guilty to second-degree murder in the 2013 kidnapping and killing of a Navajo woman in New Mexico.

Prosecutors say 28-year-old Scott Thompson entered his plea Wednesday.

He remains in federal custody and his sentencing hearing hasn’t been set.

Prosecutors say Thompson is facing between 21 to 30 years in prison.

Three co-defendants also pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the case last year while another man pleaded guilty to first-degree murder, kidnapping and conspiracy to kidnap.

The five suspects were arrested in December 2013 after the remains of the 28-year-old woman were recovered on the Navajo Nation in San Juan County.

Authorities say the woman likely was kidnapped and killed in October 2013, a month before she was reported missing. 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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