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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Arizona

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Gila River Woman Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison for Robbery at the Wild Horse Pass Casino

     PHOENIX – Today, Prima Shalis Mendoza, 36, a member of the Gila River Indian Community, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge John J. Tuchi to 60 months in prison as a result of pleading guilty on Dec. 4, 2014, to robbery.

     On June 26, 2014, the victim was parked outside the Wild Horse Pass Casino, on the Gila River Indian Community, when Mendoza approached her and threatened to shoot her if she did not hand over her purse.  Mendoza fled with the victim’s purse, but she was later arrested after a thorough investigation.  

     The investigation in this case was conducted by the Gila River Police Department, the Security and Surveillance Departments of the Wild Horse Pass Casino, and the Chandler Police Department.  The prosecution was handled by Raynette Logan, Assistant U.S. Attorney, District of Arizona, Phoenix.

 

CASE NUMBER:           CR-14-01065-PHX-JJT

RELEASE NUMBER:   2015-017_Mendoza

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Updated February 17, 2015