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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Hunters Point Man Sentenced to 21 Years in Prison for Kidnapping And Assault

     PHOENIX – Last week, DaNeil Francis Wilson, II, 33, of Hunters Point, Arizona, was sentenced by Chief U.S. District Judge G. Murray Snow to 252 months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release.  During a jury trial in April 2019, Wilson pleaded guilty to five counts of Assault with a Dangerous Weapon, two counts of Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury, two counts of Kidnapping, and one count of Assault by Strangling or Suffocating.

     On April 4 and 5, 2018, over the course of approximately 12 hours, Wilson held two victims at his house overnight and extensively beat and assaulted them, causing serious bodily injury.  The incident occurred at the residence he shared with one of the victims on the Navajo Indian reservation.  Wilson and the victims are enrolled members of the Navajo Nation.    

    “Wilson tortured the victims over the course of hours, and deserves every day of the long prison sentence he received,” said Michael Bailey, United States Attorney for the District of Arizona. “No one should be forced to suffer like these victims did, which is why prosecuting and preventing such crimes in Indian Country is a vital part of the mission of the U.S. Attorney’s Office.”

     “The victims in this case suffered tremendous physical and psychological torment.  Wilson’s acceptance of responsibility came only after one of the victims bravely took the witness stand to recount the ordeal.  The investigation of Wilson, and his 21-year sentence, stand as a testament to the collaboration and dedication of the FBI, Navajo Nation Criminal Investigators, and the United States Attorney’s Office to bring justice to victims of violent crimes in Indian County.” 

     The investigation in this case was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety.  The prosecution was handled by Christina Covault and Kiyoko Patterson, Assistant U.S. Attorneys, District of Arizona, Phoenix.

Topic(s): 
Indian Country Law and Justice
Violent Crime
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Press Release Number: 
2020-001_Wilson/CR-18-8298-PCT-GMS
Updated January 8, 2020