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Chinle Man Sentenced To 37 Months in Prison for Shooting Incident on Navajo Reservation

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

     PHOENIX – Today, Andrew Emerson Beno, 31, of Chinle, Ariz., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Diane J. Humetewa to 37 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release.  Beno had previously pleaded guilty to assault with a dangerous weapon. 

     Beno admitted to using a shotgun to shoot at the victim, which resulted in pellets becoming embedded in the victim’s leg.  The incident occurred on the Navajo Nation Indian Reservation, and both Beno and the victim are members of that tribe. 

     The investigation in this case was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  The prosecution was handled by Christine Ducat Keller, Assistant U.S. Attorney, District of Arizona, Phoenix.


CASE NUMBER:           CR-18-08041-PCT-DJH

RELEASE NUMBER:    2018-120_Beno


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Updated September 10, 2018

Indian Country Law and Justice
Violent Crime
Press Release Number: 2018-120_Beno / CR-18-08041-PCT-DJH