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San Xavier Man Sentenced to 19 Years for Voluntary Manslaughter and Firearms Offenses

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

TUCSON, Ariz. –Gilbert Martinez Jose, 22, of San Xavier, Arizona, was sentenced yesterday by United States District Judge Cindy K. Jorgenson to 19 years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release. Jose was previously found guilty by a federal jury on one count of Voluntary Manslaughter, one count of Assault with a Dangerous Weapon, and one count of Use of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Crime of Violence.

On September 29, 2018, Jose, an enrolled member of the Tohono O’odham Nation, shot and killed a Tohono O’odham man. He also shot at a Tohono O’odham woman, who was uninjured. The offenses occurred on the Tohono O’odham Nation in San Xavier, Arizona.

The Tohono O’odham Nation Police Department and the FBI conducted the investigation in this case. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Frances M. Kreamer Hope and Matthew C. Cassell, District of Arizona, Tucson, handled the prosecution.


CASE NUMBER:           CR-19-2313-TUC-CKJ  
RELEASE NUMBER:    2022-124_Jose

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Updated July 26, 2022

Violent Crime
Indian Country Law and Justice
Press Release Number: 2022-124_Jose