Leupp Man Sentenced to 12.5 Years in Prison for Assault
PHOENIX, Ariz. – On January 13, 2020, Jarrett Michael Yazzie (42), of Leupp, Ariz. was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Douglas L. Rayes to 150 months in prison to run concurrent with his sentence of 120 months in prison, to be followed by five years of supervised release. Yazzie had previously pleaded guilty to assault resulting in serious bodily injury and assault by strangulation or suffocation by a spouse or intimate partner.
Between May 1, 2016 and April 20, 2018, Yazzie struck a minor victim in the face with his hand causing serious bodily injury. In July 2017, Yazzie strangled an adult victim two times, impeding the victim’s ability to breathe. The assaults happened on the Navajo Indian Reservation and Yazzie is a member of the Navajo Nation.
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 J. Reid-Moore, Assistant U.S. Attorney, District of Arizona, Phoenix.