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Tuba City Man Sentenced to 262 Months for Second Degree Murder

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

PHOENIX, Ariz. – On Wednesday, Kristopher Lionel Goldtooth, 38, of Tuba City, Arizona, was sentenced by Senior U.S. District Judge David G. Campbell to 262 months in prison, followed by five years of supervised release. Goldtooth previously pleaded guilty to one count of second degree murder.

On April 24, 2019, Goldtooth intentionally shot the victim in the face with a shotgun, killing him. The murder took place on the Navajo Nation Indian Reservation, where Goldtooth is an enrolled tribal member.    

The FBI and the Navajo Nation Department of Criminal Investigation conducted the investigation in this case. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Ryan Powell and Amy Chang, District of Arizona, Phoenix, handled the prosecution.

CASE NUMBER:           CR-19-08108-PCT-DGC
RELEASE NUMBER:    2022-084_Goldtooth

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Updated May 27, 2022

Indian Country Law and Justice
Press Release Number: 2022-084_Goldtooth