A Towaoc woman who pleaded guilty to the stabbing death of her sister was sentenced this month by U.S. District Judge Robert E. Blackburn.
Jaycene Littledeer Colorow, 19, was sentenced to serve 10 years in federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release, said Jeff Dorschner, a spokesman for the U.S. Department of Justice.
Colorow was arrested in the early hours of Feb. 8, 2016, after a fight at a Towaoc residence on Lafayette Street.
She was charged with second-degree murder of her sister, Keisha Colorow, 19, who had a 2-year-old son. According to a plea agreement, federal prosecutors recommended a 14-year prison sentence. Jaycene Colorow originally pleaded not guilty but changed her plea on Dec. 7. In May, she was released from jail on an unsecured $100,000 bond, and placed in a halfway house pending further court action.
According to a federal affidavit, the sisters, both members of the Ute Mountain Ute tribe, had been drinking when the crime occurred. A witness stated they were fighting over “a stupid cell phone.”
Keisha Colorow enjoyed softball, volleyball and dancing, according to the Ertel Funeral Home obituary.
Known as “Keish,” she also enjoyed participating in the Bear Dance and singing at Sun Dance. She was the great-great-granddaughter of Jack House, the last traditional Ute Mountain Ute Chief.