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San Carlos Man Sentenced to 29 Months for Assault

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

PHOENIX, Ariz. – Last week, Josiah Kindelay, 26, of San Carlos, Arizona, was sentenced by United States District Judge John J. Tuchi to 29 months in prison. Kindelay previously pleaded guilty to Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury. 

On January 12, 2019, Kindelay, a San Carlos Apache Tribal member, was driving his car across the San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation while under the influence of alcohol. Kindelay struck the 68-year-old Native American victim as he was preparing to change his van’s flat tire on the side of the road. The victim suffered serious bodily injury including bone fractures to both legs. As a result, one of the victim’s legs had to be amputated.

The Bureau of Indian Affairs, San Carlos Investigation Unit, conducted the investigation in this case. The United States Attorney’s Office, District of Arizona, Phoenix, handled the prosecution.


CASE NUMBER:           CR-21-00396-PHX-JJT


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Updated August 17, 2022

Indian Country Law and Justice
Press Release Number: 2022- 139_KINDELAY