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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Lovelock Paiute Tribe Member Sentenced To Nine Years In Prison For Assaulting A Man With A Broken Glass Lamp

RENO, Nev. – A Lovelock Paiute Tribe member who admitted to assaulting a man with a broken glass lamp was sentenced today to nine years in prison, announced U.S. Attorney Dayle Elieson for the District of Nevada.

Rafael Alfonso Medina Jr., 29, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Larry R. Hicks. He pleaded guilty to one count of assault resulting in serious bodily injury.

According to admissions made in his plea agreement, on January 1, 2016, in Lovelock, Nevada, which is within the exterior boundaries of the Lovelock Indian Reservation, Medina repeatedly assaulted a man on his head, arms, and body with a broken glass table lamp. The victim was airlifted to a hospital in Reno for treatment. The victim suffered severe blood loss, requiring a blood transfusion, as well as amputation of a finger and staples and sutures for his injuries.

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Assistant U.S. Attorney Sue Fahami prosecuted the case.

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Updated July 24, 2018