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Tohono O’odham Man Sentenced To 10 Years For Aiding And Abetting Murder Of Sells Man

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

            TUCSON, Ariz. – Johnny Davis Antonio, Jr., 22, of Sells, Ariz., was sentenced on May 29, 2013, by U.S. District Judge Cindy K. Jorgensonto 120 months in prison to be followed by five years of supervised release.  Antonio pleaded guilty on March 21, 2013, to second degree murder, aiding and abetting.

This case involved the August 2009, beating to death of a 37 year old man by Antonio, then 18 years old, and an accomplice.  The victim was walking during early morning hours on Aug. 10, 2009, in an open area in Sells on the Tohono O’odham reservation, when he came upon Antonio and his accomplice who proceeded to assault the victim with their fists and a piece of wood.  The victim died from blunt force trauma to his head. 

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

CASE NUMBER:            CR-11-4234-TUC-CKJ  
RELEASE NUMBER:     2013-043_Antonio

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Updated January 7, 2015