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Phoenix Man Sentenced to 10 Years for Voluntary Manslaughter

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Arizona

PHOENIX, Ariz. – Joel James Justin, 32, of Phoenix, was sentenced on Monday by United States District Judge Diane J. Humetewa to 120 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release.

On October 3, 2021, Justin, a member of the Gila River Indian Community, stabbed the victim, killing him. The defendant pleaded guilty on February 7, 2023, to Voluntary Manslaughter.

The investigation in this case was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Gila River Police Department. The prosecution was handled by Raynette Logan and Vinnie Lichvar, Assistant U.S. Attorneys, District of Arizona, Phoenix.


CASE NUMBER:           CR-22-00074-PHX-DJH
RELEASE NUMBER:    2023-161_Justin

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Public Affairs
Zach J. Stoebe
Telephone:  (602) 514-7413

Updated October 27, 2023

Indian Country Law and Justice
Violent Crime
Press Release Number: 2023-161_Justin