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Chandler Man Sentenced to Over 7 Years for Voluntary Manslaughter

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Arizona

PHOENIX, Ariz. – Walter Lee Riggins, Jr., 28, of Chandler, Arizona, was sentenced last week by United States District Judge Michael T. Liburdi to 87 months in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release. The defendant pleaded guilty on August 21, 2023, to Voluntary Manslaughter.

On December 27, 2020, Riggins, a member of the Gila River Indian Community, shot the victim, killing him.

The investigation in this case was conducted by the Gila River Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The prosecution was handled by Assistant United States Attorneys Raynette Logan and Vinnie Lichvar, District of Arizona, Phoenix.

CASE NUMBER:           CR-21-00553-PHX-MTL
RELEASE NUMBER:    2023-183_Riggins

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Zachry J. Stoebe
Telephone: (602) 514-7413

Updated November 20, 2023

Violent Crime
Press Release Number: 2023-183_Riggins