A McDermitt man faces up to 15 years in prison after a Reno jury found him guilty of manslaughter in the death of his wife on in December of 2014. 45-year-old Nelson Ray McKee is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Robert C. Jones on May 15. McKee’s wife went to a neighbor’s home at the Fort McDermitt Indian Reservation after McKee stabbed her in the chest with a knife. The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office and Bureau of Indian Affairs investigated and found blood around on the Mckee property. They arrested him after they found out his wife died at the hospital. Police reported finding McKee extremely intoxicated, with knives, whiskey bottles and blood in the kitchen.
McKee is a member of the Fort McDermitt Paiute-Shoshone Tribe of Nevada and Oregon and his wife, Cheryl Lynn Jackson, was a member of the Te-Moak Tribe of the Western Shoshone.