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Prison term in shooting of Arapaho man

Dec 11, 2012 - Staff and wire reports

A northern New Mexico man has been sentenced to 41 years in prison for charges related to the death of a Wyoming man.

Federal prosecutors say 22-year-old Carl Ernesto Romero of Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo was sentenced Monday for convictions of second-degree murder, assault and firearms charges.

Romero will be on supervised release for three years following his prison sentence.

A federal jury had convicted Romero of murdering 26-year-old Naayaitch Friday, a member of the Northern Arapaho Indian Tribe of Wyoming.

Friday's body was found in April 2009 in an arroyo within the boundaries of San Illdefonso Pueblo in New Mexico. An autopsy established that Friday had been shot at close range in the chest and chin with a shotgun.

Prosecutors say Romero admitted during an FBI interview that he killed Friday. The FBI executed a search warrant at Romero's home and seized the shotgun.

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