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Pinon Man Sentenced to 202 Months for Second Degree Murder

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

PHOENIX, Ariz. – On November 14, 2022, Kelly Joyce, 38, of Pinon, Arizona, was sentenced by United States District Judge Dominic W. Lanza to 202 months in prison, followed by five years of supervised release. Joyce previously pleaded guilty to Second Degree Murder.

On March 2, 2020, Joyce, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, shot and killed the victim. The crime occurred in Pinon.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety conducted the investigation in this case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jillian Besancon, District of Arizona, Phoenix, handled the prosecution.


CASE NUMBER:            CR-20-08093-PCT-DWL
RELEASE NUMBER:    2022-215_Joyce


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Updated November 21, 2022

Violent Crime
Indian Country Law and Justice
Press Release Number: 2022-215_Joyce