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June 4, 2013                                                                                                                                                                                          

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COSME LOPEZ
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NAVAJO MAN SENTENCED TO 110 MONTHS IMPRISONMENT FOR ASSAULT AND USE OF A FIREARM DURING A CRIME OF VIOLENCE

PHOENIX – On June 3, 2013, Jerome Lee Buckinghorse, 30, of Pinon, Ariz., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge G. Murray Snow to 110 months imprisonment. Buckinghorse pleaded guilty on March 19, 2013, to one count of assault resulting in serious bodily injury and one count of use of a firearm during a crime of violence.

On August 28, 2012, Buckinghorse and the victims got into an altercation on the Navajo Reservation during which Buckinghorse retrieved a rifle and used the butt of the rifle to hit two victims in the face.  When the third victim attempted to flee, Buckinghorse shot him in the back with the rifle. 

Buckinghorse received a sentence of 50 months imprisonment for assault resulting in serious bodily injury and a sentence of 60 months imprisonment for the use of a firearm during a crime of violence.  Judge Snow ordered the sentences to run consecutive, resulting in a cumulative sentence of 110 months imprisonment.

The investigation in this case was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The prosecution is being handled by Cassie Bray Woo, Assistant U.S. Attorney, District of Arizona, Phoenix.

CASE NUMBER:            CR-12-8240-PCT-GMS
RELEASE NUMBER:     2013-045_Buckinghorse

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