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Friday, October 25, 2019

Sanders Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Stabbing on Navajo Nation

     PHOENIX, Ariz. – This week, Spencer Parrish, of Sanders, Ariz., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Dominic W. Lanza to 41 months of imprisonment to be followed by three years of supervised release.  Parrish had previously pleaded guilty to assault with a dangerous weapon.

     On February 2, 2019, Parrish attacked the victim with a knife and stabbed him in the abdomen, causing serious injuries to the victim.  The assault occurred in a residence in Kayenta, Arizona, on the Navajo Nation Indian Reservation.  Both Parrish and the victim are enrolled members of the Navajo Nation.

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

Indian Country Law and Justice
Violent Crime
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Updated October 25, 2019