McDermitt man faces 15 years in prison after Reno trial for killing wife

Nelson Ray McKee, 45, of McDermitt, found guilty of manslaughter in the death of his wife. Washoe County jail photograph.

RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - A McDermitt man faces up to 15 years in prison after a U.S. District Court jury in Reno found him guilty of manslaughter in the death of his wife on Dec. 31, 2014.

Nelson Ray McKee, 45, 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 and noticed blood around McKee’s property and at his front door. They found McKee to be extremely intoxicated. They arrested him after they found out his wife died at the hospital. An autopsy showed McKee stabbed her in the heart, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a statement.

“The defendant will be held accountable for this crime,” U.S. Attorney Dan Bogden said in a statement. “I commend our local, tribal, and federal law enforcement partners and the assistant U.S. attorneys for working together collaboratively throughout the investigative and prosecution process and for their commitment in seeking justice for the victim.”