Former Pueblo leader due to be sentenced over hit and run death
Linda Diaz, the former lieutenant governor of Pojoaque Pueblo in New Mexico, is being sentenced today in connection with a fatal hit and run on the reservation.

Federal prosecutors are seeking three years in prison for Diaz, who was found guilty of leaving the scene of a fatal accident. She struck Phillip Espinoza, 31, along a highway on April 4, 2009.

Diaz's attorney is asking for probation. Apparently, she is the first Indian defendant in New Mexico to ever be tried under the relevant federal statute.

Regardless of the sentence, Diaz plans an appeal. Attorney Sam Winder, a former federal prosecutor, says the government failed to show Espinoza was non-Indian.

If Espinoza were Indian, the federal government would not have jurisdiction over the case, according to Winder.

Get the Story:
Former Pojoaque official to be sentenced in fatal hit-and-run (The Santa Fe New Mexican 11/2)

Related Stories:
Former Pueblo leader faces wrongful death case for hit and run (10/15)
Sentencing delayed for former Pueblo leader in hit-and-run case (9/29)
Pueblo woman asks for new trial in fatal hit and run case (3/12)
Pueblo leader found guilty in fatal hit and run case (2/22)
Pueblo leader takes the stand in hit and run case (2/19)
Trial continues for Pueblo leader's hit and run case (2/18)
Trial opens for Pueblo leader charged over hit and run (2/17)
Pueblo leader headed for trial over fatal hit and run (2/9)
DOJ doesn't want attorney's Indian status mentioned (1/26)
Judge allows jury to hear of Pueblo leader's drinking (12/9)
Pueblo leader set to go to trial for fatal hit-run case (12/3)
Drinking at issue for Pueblo leader's hit-run case (11/4)
Hearing set for Pueblo leader's hit-and-run case (10/22)
Pueblo leader 'partied' before fatal car accident (8/4)
Pueblo leader pleads not guilty for fatal accident (6/26)
Pojoaque Pueblo leader indicted for fatal accident (6/12)
Pueblo leader linked to fatal hit and run on reservation (4/17)
Pueblo leader may be involved in fatal accident (4/7)