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Thursday, February 8, 2018

Navajo Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Robbery of Community Store

     PHOENIX – This week, Antonio Yazzie, 25, of Lukachukai, Ariz., and a member of the Navajo Nation, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Stephen M. McNamee to 46 months in prison followed by a term of 3 years of supervised release. Yazzie had previously pleaded guilty to robbery.

     On Jan. 18, 2017, Yazzie entered the Totsoh Trading Post on the Navajo Nation Indian Reservation and brandished a box cutter.  Yazzie threatened a store employee and demanded the employee give him money from the cash register.  The victim complied with Yazzie’s demands.  The victim is also a member of the Navajo Nation.

     The investigation in this case was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Navajo Nation Police and Criminal Investigations.  The prosecution was handled by Tracy Van Buskirk, Assistant U.S. Attorney, District of Arizona, Phoenix.


CASE NUMBER:            CR-17-08037-PCT-SMM 

RELEASE NUMBER:    2018-012_Yazzie

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Indian Country Law and Justice
Violent Crime
Press Release Number: 
2018-012_Yazzie / CR-17-08037-PCT-SMM
Updated February 8, 2018