United States Attorney David B. Barlow
District of Utah
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MELODIE RYDALCH
MONDAY, OCT 01, 2012 (801) 325-3206
CABIBI SENTENCED TO 240 MONTHS IN PRISON FOR ASSAULT ON A FEDERAL OFFICER;
SALT LAKE CITY – Troy Cabibi, age 31, of South Salt Lake City, who fired at federal officers entering his home as they attempted to execute a warrant for his arrest in 2010, will serve 240 months in federal prison.
U.S. District Judge David Nuffer, who imposed the sentence Friday afternoon, also ordered Cabibi to be on supervised release for 60 months after he finishes his prison sentence. He also must pay $132,591.52 in restitution.
Cabibi pleaded guilty in July to assault on a federal officer, discharging a firearm during a crime of violence, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
The charges and convictions followed an incident which occurred around midnight on Aug. 26, 2010, when members of the U.S. Marshals’ Joint Criminal Apprehension Team (JCAT) in Salt Lake City went to a home in South Salt Lake to serve an arrest warrant on Cabibi for a state parole violation. Local police officers work on the task force with Deputy U.S. Marshals and assist them in the performance of their duties. Shots were fired at the officers from inside the residence during the execution of the warrant.
As a part of his plea agreement, Cabibi admitted that he shot at the officers and that one of the officers he assaulted sustained a life-threatening injury which has caused permanent damage.
U.S. Attorney David B. Barlow said the conduct in this case is something federal prosecutors take very seriously. “Our law enforcement officers put themselves in harm’s way every day to ensure the safety and security of our communities. We must do everything we can to promote their safety including the aggressive prosecution of those individuals who put officers’ lives at risk.” Barlow said.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Utah is participating in a Department of Justice initiative to improve officer safety and reverse the disturbing trend of increased violence against law enforcement officers who protect the lives and property of Utah residents every day. As a part of that initiative, several trainings on officer safety issues have been held throughout Utah this year.