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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Arizona

Monday, December 2, 2013

Navajo Man Sentenced To 188 Months Imprisonment For Armed Bank Robbery

PHOENIX – On Dec. 2, 2013, Michael James, 42, of Tohatchi, N.M., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Howard D. McKibbento 188-months imprisonment following his plea of guilty to armed bank robbery.

On May 17, 2013, James entered the First American Credit Union, located on the Navajo Indian Reservation in Window Rock, Ariz., and displayed a BB handgun to the bank tellers – demanding money.  James was given the sum of $15,226. 

The instant offense constituted James’ third felony conviction for a crime of violence. 

The investigation in this case was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Navajo Criminal Investigator’s Office in Window Rock, Ariz.  The prosecution was handled by Cassie Bray Woo, Assistant U.S. Attorney, District of Arizona, Phoenix.

CASE NUMBER:           CR-13-8145-PCT-DGC
RELEASE NUMBER:   2013-090_James

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Updated January 7, 2015