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

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Tohono O’odham Man Sentenced To 15 Years In Prison For Killing Rival Gang Member

TUCSON, Ariz. – On Jan. 28, 2013, Jalen Michael Montana, 36, of Sells, AZ, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Cindy K. Jorgenson to 15 years in the federal Bureau of Prisons. Montana was sentenced following a guilty plea on Sept. 10, 2012, to one felony count of voluntary manslaughter for the New Year’s Eve stabbing of another Tohono O’odham member.

            On Dec. 31, 2009, Montana and the 17 year old victim, members of rival gangs, were both attending a dance on the Tohono O’odham Indian Reservation.  Following a brief confrontation earlier that evening, Montana re-approached the victim on the dance floor, just as midnight approached, and stabbed him twice in the chest.  Tohono O’odham police arrived minutes later and began administering CPR.  However, the victim’s heart had been punctured and he died almost immediately.  Montana fled the scene.  He was eventually captured by Tohono O’odham authorities and indicted for murder by a federal grand jury on May 11, 2011.

The investigation in this case was conducted by the Tohono O’odham Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Tucson Office.  The prosecution was handled by Micah Schmit, District of Arizona, Tucson.

CASE NUMBER:            CR-11-1750-TUC-CKJ
RELEASE NUMBER:     2013-010_Montana

For more information on the U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Arizona, visit http://www.justice.gov/usao/az/

Updated January 7, 2015