Tribe member guilty of manslaughter in wife’s stabbing death

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A federal court jury in Reno has found a tribe member guilty of voluntary manslaughter in the December 2014 stabbing death of his wife at their home in the Fort McDermitt Indian Reservation on the Nevada-Oregon state line.

U.S. Attorney Daniel Bogden in Nevada said Wednesday that 45-year-old Nelson Ray McKee could face up to 15 years in federal prison at sentencing May 15.

Trial took six days in U.S. District Court, which has criminal case jurisdiction in Indian country.

McKee is a member of the Fort McDermitt Paiute-Shoshone Tribe.

His wife is identified in the indictment as C.L.J. She was a member of the Te-Moak Tribe of the Western Shoshone.

Police reported finding her stabbed in the chest and McKee extremely intoxicated, with knives, whiskey bottles and blood in the kitchen.

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