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District of Arizona

Monday, November 25, 2013

Man Sentenced To 10 Years Prison For Beating Victim To Death With Bat

PHOENIX - On Nov. 25, 2013, Renfo Lee Woody, 30, of Many Farms, Ariz., a member of the Navajo Nation, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Neil V. Wake to 10 years imprisonment following a guilty plea to voluntary manslaughter.  Woody pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter on Aug. 27, 2013. 

As part of the plea agreement, Woody admitted that he entered the victim’s home on the Navajo Nation Indian Reservation on April 5, 2013, and beat the victim in the head and body with an aluminum baseball bat. The victim died the next day from injuries sustained as a result of the beating.

The investigation in this case was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Navajo Nation Police Department.  The prosecution was handled by Christine Keller, Assistant U.S. Attorney, District of Arizona, Phoenix.

CASE NUMBER:           CR-13-08086-PCT-NVW 
RELEASE NUMBER:   2013-088_Woody

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Updated January 7, 2015