Mexican Springs man facing prison sentence after pleading guilty to involuntary manslaughter


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ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico — A Mexican Springs man is facing up to two years in federal prison after pleading guilty to involuntary manslaughter.

Prosecutors say 44-year-old Berland Thomas entered his plea Friday.

Thomas was arrested last summer on a criminal complaint charging him with murder.

He allegedly killed a Navajo man on June 6 by beating him with his fists during an alcohol-fueled fight on the Navajo Nation in McKinley County.

Thomas was subsequently indicted and charged with second-degree murder.

Under the terms of the change of plea agreement, Thomas will be sentenced to a prison term between 18 months to 24 months followed by a period of supervised release to be determined by the court.

Thomas remains in custody pending his sentencing hearing, which has yet to be scheduled.

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