ELKO, Nevada — A 36-year-old Elko man originally charged with murder in a fatal shooting on the South Fork Indian Reservation has pleaded guilty instead to involuntary manslaughter.
U.S. District Judge Howard McKibben accepted Joshua Dooley's plea agreement with federal prosecutors during a hearing Wednesday in Reno. He faces up to 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine at his sentencing May 27.
Prosecutors say the deal was warranted because Dooley acted in the heat of passion in December 2013 when he shot and killed his longtime friend, Jacob Tybo.
They say the two members of the Te-Moak Tribe of Western Shoshone had been drinking and arguing over Dooley's girlfriend and a missing cellphone. Tybo pointed a shotgun at Dooley's head before Dooley admitted he grabbed a rifle and shot Tybo in the head.
Information from: Elko Daily Free Press, http://www.elkodaily.com
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