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San Carlos Man Sentenced to 20 Years for Second Degree Murder

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

     PHOENIX – On March 25, 2019, Leon Arthur Dosela, 51, of San Carlos, Ariz., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Steven P. Logan to prison for 20 years followed by five years of supervised release. Dosela had previously pleaded guilty to second degree murder.   

     On Sept. 15, 2016, Dosela, an enrolled member of the San Carlos Apache Tribe, argued with the victim at the victim’s residence on the San Carlos Apache Community. As a result of the argument, Dosela threw a flammable liquid onto the victim and thereafter ignited the liquid. The victim died from the resulting burn injuries.

     The investigation in this case was conducted by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the San Carlos Police Department and the Arizona Department of Public Safety. The prosecution was handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas Simon, District of Arizona, Phoenix.


CASE NUMBER:          CR-17-01156-PHX-SPL

RELEASE NUMBER:    2019-035_ Dosela


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Updated March 27, 2019

Indian Country Law and Justice
Violent Crime
Press Release Number: 2019-035_ Dosela / CR-17-01156-PHX-SPL