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Chinle Man Sentenced to 22 Years for Second Degree Murder

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

PHOENIX, Ariz. – Dion James Anagal, 44, of Chinle, Arizona, was sentenced last week by United States District Judge Douglas L. Rayes to 22 years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release. Anagal previously pleaded guilty to Second Degree Murder.

On December 6, 2020, Anagal murdered the victim by setting her home on fire while she was inside. The victim died in the fire. The crime occurred on the Navajo Nation, where Anagal is an enrolled member.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety conducted the investigation in this case. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Alexander Samuels and Jillian Besancon, District of Arizona, Phoenix, handled the prosecution.

CASE NUMBER:            CR-21-8017-PCT-DLR          
RELEASE NUMBER:    2022-178_Anagal

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Updated October 14, 2022

Violent Crime
Indian Country Law and Justice
Press Release Number: 2022-178_Anagal