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Tohono O’odham Man Sentenced to 12 Years in Prison for Voluntary Manslaughter

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


     TUCSON, Ariz. – Yesterday, Michael Henry Flores, 30, a member of the Tohono O’odham Indian Nation, was sentenced by Chief U.S. District Judge Raner C. Collins to 12 years in prison having pleaded guilty on Aug. 21, 2014, to the offense of voluntary manslaughter.

     On the night of Aug. 15, 2011, and into Aug. 16, 2011, the defendant became enraged during an argument with his girlfriend and killed her by assaulting and choking her outside his residence near Sells, Ariz.    

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

CASE NUMBER:           CR-13-01207-RCC      

RELEASE NUMBER:   2015-031_ Flores

Updated February 4, 2016

Indian Country Law and Justice
Press Release Number: 2015-031_ Flores