Navajo man sentenced to 20 years in prison for murder

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Troy Livingston, 21, of Bread Springs, New Mexico, and an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, was sentenced in federal court on Sept. 8 to 20 years in prison for second degree murder in Indian Country. Upon his release from prison, Livingston will serve five years of supervised release.

According to his plea agreement and other court records, on April 6, 2019, Livingston beat Jane Doe, his girlfriend and the mother of his young child, with his hands, feet, and a metal flashlight, causing severe injuries to her head, face and body. Livingston admitted that he killed Jane Doe with malice aforethought and that he acted with callous and wanton disregard for human life. The murder took place at a residence located in McKinley County on the Navajo Nation.   

            The Gallup Resident Agency of the FBI Albuquerque Field Office investigated this case with assistance from the Navajo Nation Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorneys David P. Cowen and Frederick T. Mendenhall prosecuted the case.

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