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Fort Defiance Man Sentenced to Prison for Possessing a Firearm as a Convicted Felon

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

PHOENIX, Ariz. – Carlton Sandoval, 43, of Fort Defiance, Arizona, was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge John J. Tuchi to 27 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release. Sandoval previously pleaded guilty to Felon in Possession of a Firearm.

On January 4, 2020, Navajo Nation police pulled Sandoval over for a traffic violation near Chinle, Arizona and discovered Sandoval had a firearm. Sandoval, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, is a convicted felon and prohibited from possessing firearms and ammunition. 

The FBI and the Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety conducted the investigation in this case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Alexander Samuels, District of Arizona, Phoenix, handled the prosecution.

CASE NUMBER:           CR-21-08027-PCT-JJT
RELEASE NUMBER:    2022-091_Sandoval

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Updated June 10, 2022

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Press Release Number: 2022-091_Sandoval