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Violent Crime Initiative Yields Multiple Federal Indictments and Arrests on the San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation

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

PHOENIX, Ariz. – Seventeen individuals were indicted federally, with most being arrested, following an intensive violent crime initiative on the San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation. The charges filed in this investigation include arson, aggravated assault, firearms violations, domestic violence assaults, assault against an officer, child abuse, sexual assault, kidnapping, manslaughter, and murder.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation led the investigation, with significant assistance from the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the San Carlos Apache Tribal Police Department, and the San Carlos Apache Tribal Prosecutor’s Office.

Maximum sentences for convictions of these offenses range from five years to life in prison, with a maximum fine of $250,000. In determining an actual sentence, federal judges will consult the United States Sentencing Guidelines, which provide appropriate sentencing ranges. The judges, however, are not bound by those guidelines in determining a sentence.

An indictment is simply a method by which a person is charged with criminal activity and raises no inference of guilt. An individual is presumed innocent until competent evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Thomas C. Simon and Dimitra H. Sampson, District of Arizona, Phoenix, are handling the prosecution.


CASE NUMBER:    CR-22-1353-PHX-DJH      CR-22-1351-PHX-MTL        
                                   CR-22-1354-PHX-JJT        CR-22-1350-PHX-DWL
                                   CR-22-1348-PHX-DLR      CR-22-1352-PHX-MTL
                                   CR-22-1129-PHX-DJH      CR-22-01233-PHX-SMB
                                   CR-22-01347-PHX-DLR    CR-22-01355-PHX-SMB
                                   CR-22-01345-PHX-JJT      CR-22-01346-PHX-MTL
                                   CR-22-00774-PHX-JJT      CR-22-01179-PHX-DLR
                                   CR-22-01181-PHX-DWL    CR-22-01182-001-PHX-GMS

RELEASE NUMBER:    2022-208_Pahe et al

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Updated November 16, 2022

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Press Release Number: 2022-208_Pahe et al