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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, February 18, 2015

San Carlos Man Sentenced to 15 Years for Second Degree Murder

     PHOENIX– On Feb. 9, 2015, Ricardo Lee Polk, 20, a member of the San Carlos Apache Indian Community, was sentenced by U.S. Senior District Judge Roslyn O. Silver to 180 months in prison as a result of pleading guilty on Sept. 26, 2014, to second degree murder.

     On Jan. 6, 2011, Polk was with the victim and others on the San Carlos Apache Indian Community.  Without apparent provocation, Polk recklessly pointed a handgun at the victim and fired one time from close range striking the victim in the head and causing her death. Polk fled the area, but was later arrested after a thorough investigation.

     The investigation in this case was conducted by Bureau of Indian Affairs. The prosecution was handled by Thomas Simon, Assistant U.S. Attorney, District of Arizona, Phoenix.

 

CASE NUMBER:           CR-14-01202                 

RELEASE NUMBER:   2015-018_Polk

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Updated February 18, 2015