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Tohono O’odham Man to Serve 46 Months in Prison for Stabbing Another Tribal Member

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

     TUCSON, Ariz. – Yesterday, Lauterio Keanu Ace Valenzuela, 24, of Tucson, Ariz, a member of the Tohono O’odham Nation, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Jennifer G. Zipps to 46 months in prison.  Valenzuela had previously pleaded guilty to an assault resulting in serious bodily injury.

     On Oct. 18, 2015, Valenzuela stabbed another Tohono O’odham Nation member following an argument.  The incident occurred in the San Xavier District within the Tohono O’odham reservation.  The victim was stabbed several times in the arm and suffered a laceration to the ear.  The injuries were not life-threatening.  Valenzuela was on federal supervision at the time of the assault.  He absconded following the assault and was arrested two months later. 

     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-15-2147-TUC-JGZ  

RELEASE NUMBER:    2016-089_Valenzuela


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Updated October 5, 2016

Indian Country Law and Justice
Press Release Number: CR-15-2147-TUC-JGZ/ 2016-089_Valenzuela