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

TUCSON, Ariz. – On March 17, 2015, Joseph Edward Camargo, 29, of Tucson, Ariz., was found guilty of second degree murder, aggravated assault, and weapons offenses, by a federal jury. The case was tried before U.S. District Chief Judge Raner C. Collins on March 10-17, 2015. Camargo is being held pending sentencing before Judge Collins on May 27, 2015. 

            The evidence at trial showed that on Sept. 30, 2011, Camargo drove to a residence on the Pascua Yaqui Indian Reservation, armed with a handgun.  Camargo provoked a fight with the male victim in the front yard of the residence. After the victim fled into the home, Camargo pursued him, firing four shots into the house.  Three bullets struck the victim, killing him a fourth bullet struck another male at the house who was treated and medically released by University Medical Center.  All victims are/were members of the Pascua Yaqui Indian Tribe.

            A conviction for second degree murder carries a maximum penalty of lifetime incarceration.

            The investigation in this case was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Pascua Yaqui Police Department, with assistance provided by the Arizona Department of Public Safety and Office of the Medical Examiner. The prosecution was handled by Jesse J. Figueroa and Matthew C. Cassell, Assistant U.S. Attorneys, District of Arizona, Tucson.


CASE NUMBER:                  CR-11-4021-TUC-RCC-DTF

RELEASE NUMBER:           2015-024_ Camargo


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Updated February 4, 2016

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