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District of Arizona

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Laveen Man Sentenced to 65 Months in Prison for Aggravated Assault

     PHOENIX – On Oct. 31, 2016, Verland Anthony Sabori, 35, of Laveen, Ariz., an enrolled member of the Gila River Indian Community, was sentenced by Judge Douglas L. Rayes to 65 months in federal prison, followed by a term of three years of supervised release.  Sabori had previously pleaded guilty to assault with a dangerous weapon.

     On Dec. 15, 2016, Sabori, a three-time felon, shot the victim, who is also a tribal member, in the back, causing life-threatening bodily injury.  The incident occurred within the boundaries of the Gila River Indian Community.

     The investigation in this case was conducted by the Gila River Police Department. The prosecution was handled by Christina Covault, Assistant U.S. Attorney, District of Arizona, Phoenix.


CASE NUMBER:           CR-16-269-DLR            

RELEASE NUMBER:    2016-095_Sabori

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Indian Country Law and Justice
Press Release Number: 
CR-16-269-DLR / 2016-095_Sabori
Updated November 1, 2016