ALBUQUERQUE ― Raymond Gachupin, 23, an enrolled member and resident of Jemez Pueblo, pled guilty Friday in Federal Court in Albuquerque, to a voluntary manslaughter charge.
Under the terms of his plea agreement, Gachupin will be sentenced within the range of 18 to 78 months in prison followed by a term of supervised release to be determined by the court.
The FBI and Jemez Pueblo Tribal Police Department arrested Gachupin in July 2016, on a criminal complaint charging him with killing a Jemez Pueblo man by suffocating him July 1, 2016, in Jemez Pueblo in Sandoval County. Gachupin subsequently was indicted on July 28, 2016, and was charged with second-degree murder.
During Friday’s proceedings, Gachupin pled guilty to a felony information charging him with voluntary manslaughter. In entering the guilty plea, Gachupin admitted that July 1, 2016, he strangled the victim during a physical altercation. Gachupin further admitted that the victim became unconscious, suffered a cardiac event, and died as the result of Gachupin’s actions. Gachupin remains in custody pending a sentencing hearing, which has yet to be scheduled.
This case was investigated by the Albuquerque office of the FBI and the Jemez Pueblo Tribal Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Joseph M. Spindle and Elisa Dimas and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Lucy B. Solimon are prosecuting the case.