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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Pascua Yaqui Man Sentenced to 70 Months Imprisonment for Assault

TUCSON, Ariz. – On Jan. 22, 2015, Peter Ron Acuna, 26, of Tucson, Ariz., a member of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Rosemary Marquez to 70 months of imprisonment, to be followed by a three year term of supervised release. Acuna pleaded guilty on April 23, 2014 to assault resulting in serious bodily injury.

            On Nov. 18, 2013, Pascua Yaqui Tribal Police officers responded to a report of a fight occurring on the Pascua Yaqui Indian Nation, in Tucson, Ariz.  Officers found an unconscious victim on the ground, covered in blood. Witnesses stated that the defendant had confronted the victim about his presence in the neighborhood and a fight broke out.  Acuna and one other combatant combined in assaulting the victim by striking and kicking his head and face.  Even after the victim lost consciousness, the two continued to kick the victim’s head.  The victim was medically treated for an orbital skull fracture, and multiple lacerations to his face, and he continues to suffer from residual medical concerns.

The investigation in this case was conducted by the Pascua Yaqui Tribal Police. The prosecution was handled by Lawrence C. Lee, Assistant U.S. Attorney, District of Arizona, Tucson.

 

CASE NUMBER:           CR-14-00037 TUC RM 

RELEASE NUMBER:   2015-008_Acuna

 

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Updated January 27, 2015