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District of Arizona

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Bullhead City Woman Sentenced for Child Abuse in Lake Mead

     PHOENIX – Yesterday, Justine Renee Kirklen, 33, of Bullhead City, Ariz., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Douglas L. Rayes to 30 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release.  Kirklen had previously pleaded guilty to child abuse. 

     Kirklen admitted to child abuse by causing the victim to become submerged under water after taking her into Lake Mead. The incident occurred within the confines of the Lake Mead National Recreation Center.  Timely response and intervention by National Park Service Rangers and the Bullhead City Police Department ensured the victim received immediate medical care. 

     The investigation in this case was conducted by the National Park Service, Investigative Services Branch.  The prosecution was handled by Christine Ducat Keller, Assistant U.S. Attorney, District of Arizona, Phoenix.


CASE NUMBER:          CR-18-8258-PCT-DLR

RELEASE NUMBER:    2019-018_Kirklen


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Updated February 26, 2019