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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Tohono O’odham Man Receives 71 Month Sentence for Aggravated Assaults on the Tohono O’odham Indian Nation

     TUCSON – Yesterday, Juan Joe Valenzuela, 22, of the Village of Cowlic, Tohono O’odham Indian Nation, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Jennifer G. Zipps to 71 months’ imprisonment on three counts of assault with the use of a dangerous weapon and assault resulting in serious bodily injury to which he previously pleaded guilty.  The defendant is a member of the Tohono O’odham Indian Nation.

     Valenzuela stabbed a female in the leg with a pocket knife in an altercation and later stabbed and assaulted a man on the Tohono O’odham Indian Nation.  Both victims are members of the Tohono O’odham Indian Nation. 

     The investigation in this case was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Tohono O’odham Nation Police Department.  The prosecution was handled by Raquel Arellano and Brian Decker, Assistant U.S. Attorneys, District of Arizona, Tucson.

 

CASE NUMBERS:         CR-14-01517-TUC-JGZ

                                       CR-15-00904-TUC-JGZ

RELEASE NUMBER:   2016-010_ Valenzuela

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2016-010_ Valenzuela
Topic: 
Indian Country Law and Justice
Updated February 10, 2016