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Arizona False Imprisonment Law
 
United States of America v. Douglas Lawrence Bedell

Phoenix, AZ - Navajo Man Sentenced to 108 Months’ Imprisonment for Voluntary Manslaughter

Douglas Lawrence Bedell, Jr., 31, of Dilkon, Arizona, a member of the Navajo Nation, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Diane J. Humetewa to 108 months’ imprisonment. Bedell had previously pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter.

On Jan. 4, 2015, Bedell killed the victim, Brian Lee,... More...
   $0 (05-10-2016 - AZ)

United States of America v. Sharon M. Helman

Phoenix, AZ - Former Director of Phoenix VA Hospital Sentenced

Sharon M. Helman, 45, of Surprise, Ariz., was sentenced to a term of two years’ probation. Helman previously pleaded guilty to making a false statement to a government agency, a felony offense.

“It is crucial that government officials, who are entrusted with authority over taxpayer-funded government agencies, pr... More...
   $0 (05-19-2016 - AZ)

State of Arizona v. Chad Michael Goulding

Phoenix, AZ - Former Phoenix Police Officer Charged in Multiple Bank Robberies

Former Phoenix Police Officer Chad Michael Goulding (DOB 9/30/1970) has been arrested and charged with carrying out five Phoenix area bank robberies during a five month period in 2006. Goulding, who left the Phoenix Police force in 2005 after serving on the force for 13 years, is currently in custody and held o... More...
   $0 (12-09-2010 - AZ)

State of Arizona v. Andre Antonio Adams a/k/a Chicago

Phoenix, AZ - Another Pimp Off Of Phoenix Arizona Streets

Andre Antonio Adams, known on the streets as “Chicago,” was convicted on ten counts of child prostitution for trafficking two young girls, and two additional counts of Involving or Using a Minor in Drug Offenses for providing marijuana to them. The girls, both aged 15, were runaways.

The twelve counts include one for each... More...
   $0 (03-16-2016 - AZ)

State of Arizona v. Danny Ledezma Martinez

Phoenix, AZ - Danny Martinez Sentenced to Life in Prison for Murder of Phoenix Police Officer

Danny Ledezma Martinez (D.O.B. 10/16/1979) will spend the rest of his natural life in prison for fatally shooting Phoenix Police Officer Travis Murphy in 2010. In the sentence imposed today by the Honorable Teresa Sanders, Martinez was also ordered to serve an additional consecutive term totaling... More...
   $0 (05-19-2016 - AZ)

United States of America v. Glen Kevin Winfrey

Tucson, AZ - Man Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison for Production of Child Pornography

Glen Kevin Winfrey, 33, of Yuma, Ariz., was sentenced by Senior U.S. District Judge Frank R. Zapata to 15 years in prison. Winfrey had previously pleaded guilty to two counts of production of child pornography. Winfrey’s term of imprisonment will be followed by lifetime supervised release with stringent... More...
   $0 (05-14-2016 - AZ)

United States of America v. Tule Israel Alonso-Castaneda

Tucson, AZ - Man Sentenced To 150 Months in Prison for Child Pornography and Drug Offenses

Tule Israel Alonso-Castaneda, 27, of Douglas, Ariz., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge David C. Bury to serve 150 months in prison. Alonso-Castaneda had pleaded guilty to four counts of distribution of child pornography and one count of possession with intent to distribute marijuana. Alonso-Cas... More...
   $0 (04-13-2016 - AZ)

United States of America v. Cameron Carl Saraficio

Tucson, AZ- Tohono O’odham Man Sentenced to 139 Months of Imprisonment

Cameron Carl Saraficio, 34, of Santa Cruz, Ariz., a member of the Tohono O’odham Indian Nation, was sentenced by Chief U.S. District Judge Raner C. Collins to 139 months of imprisonment. Saraficio had previously pleaded guilty to two counts of assault with a deadly/dangerous weapon.

On Dec. 25, 2014, Tohono... More...
   $0 (03-24-2016 - AZ)

United States of America v. Jose Jesus Gonzalez

Tucson, AZ - Tucson Tax Preparer Sentenced to 21 Months in Prison for Submitting 90 Returns Seeking Over $651,000 in False Credits

Jose Jesus Gonzalez, 48, of Tucson, Ariz., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge James A. Soto to 21 months of imprisonment. Gonzalez previously had pleaded guilty to willfully filing a false individual income tax return. He was ordered to pay over $255,000 i... More...
   $0 (04-04-2016 - AZ)

United States of America v. Stephanie Amanda Aviles and Juan Verduzco-Caro

Phoenix, AZ - Husband and Wife Sentenced to Federal Prison for Selling Methamphetamine on the Ak-Chin Indian Community

Yesterday, Stephanie Amanda Aviles, 31, and Juan Verduzco-Caro, 37, of Maricopa, Ariz., were sentenced by U.S. District Judge Susan R. Bolton to 96 months’ and 72 months’ imprisonment, respectively. Aviles and Verduzco-Caro had previously pleaded guilty to possession wit... More...
   $0 (04-05-2016 - AZ)

United States of America v. Royce Allen Young

Phoenix, AZ - Gila River Indian Community Member Sentenced for Murder

Royce Allen Young, 38, of Laveen, Ariz., a member of the Gila River Indian Community, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge G. Murray Snow to 15 years in federal prison. Young had previously pleaded guilty to second degree murder.

On Aug. 10, 2012, Daniel Ballesteros, 24, who was also a member of the Gil... More...
   $0 (04-10-2016 - AZ)

United States of America v. Abdul Malik Abdul Kareem

Phoenix, AZ - Phoenix Man Convicted of Conspiracy to Support ISIL and Other Terrorism-Related Offenses

Abdul Malik Abdul Kareem, 44, of Phoenix, was found guilty today by a federal jury of one count each of the following five crimes: conspiracy to provide material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (“ISIL”), a designated foreign terrorist organization; conspiracy to tran... More...
   $0 (03-18-2016 - AZ)

United States of America v. Sharon M. Helman

Phoenix, AZ - ormer Director of Phoenix VA Hospital Pleads Guilt

Sharon M. Helman, 45, of Surprise, Ariz., the former director of the Phoenix VA Medical Center, pleaded guilty to making a false financial disclosure to the federal government.

“I commend the FBI and the VA Office of Inspector General for their thorough investigation concerning the VA Medical Center in Phoeni... More...
   $0 (03-02-2016 - AZ)

United States of America v. Juan Joe Valenzuela

Tucson, AZ - Tohono O’odham Man Receives 71 Month Sentence for Aggravated Assaults on the Tohono O’odham Indian Natio

uan Joe Valenzuela, 22, of the Village of Cowlic, Tohono O’odham Indian Nation, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Jennifer G. Zipps to 71 months’ imprisonment on three counts of assault with the use of a dangerous weapon and assault resulting in serious bodily injury to... More...
   $0 (02-10-2016 - AZ)

United States of America v. John Keith Hoover and Deborah B. Hoover

Phoenix, AZ - Developer Sentenced to 10 Years for Investment and Bankruptcy Fraud

John Keith Hoover, age 64, of Mohave Valley, Ariz., was sentenced to 10 years in prison by U.S. District Judge Susan R. Bolton. His wife, Deborah B. Hoover, also 64, of Mohave Valley, Ariz, was convicted of conspiracy to commit bankruptcy fraud and was sentenced to one year of home confinement followed by f... More...
   $0 (01-28-2016 - AZ)

United States of America v. Deanna Kay Frader

Phoenix, AZ - Bookkeeper Sentenced to 30 Months in Federal Prison for Tax Evasion

Deanna Kay Frader, 66, of Mesa, Ariz., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Neil V. Wake to 30 months’ imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for evading income tax on nearly $1.7 million she embezzled from Ardent Sound, Inc., where she had been employed as an office manager and bookkee... More...
   $0 (11-25-2015 - AZ)

Salvador Reza v. Russell Pearce

The panel has voted to deny the petition for panel
rehearing. Judges Smith and Watford voted to deny the
petition for rehearing en banc, and Judge Wallace so
recommends. The full court has been advised of the petition
for rehearing en banc, and no judge of the court has requested
a vote on en banc rehearing. See Fed. R. App. P. 35(f). The
petition for panel rehearing and th... More...
   $0 (11-19-2015 - AZ)

United States of America v. Ibrahim Fahab Bare

On December 13, 2012, a jury convicted Ibrahim Fahab
Bare—a non-Indian who lives on tribal land with his
common-law wife—of two counts of being a felon in
possession of a firearm. Bare challenges his 4-level
sentencing enhancement for his use of a firearm in connection
with another felony offense, as well as his condition of
supervised release permitting searches of his com... More...
   $0 (11-24-2015 - AZ)

United States of America v. April Escobedo

Tucson, AZ - Former Tucson Resident Sentenced to 27 Months’ Imprisonment for Filing False Tax Returns

Former Tucson resident April Escobedo, 43, of Las Vegas, Nev., was sentenced by Chief U.S. District Judge Raner C. Collins to 27 months’ imprisonment and ordered to pay $255,189 in restitution to the United States Treasury. Escobedo previously pleaded guilty to wire fraud. ... More...
   $0 (11-19-2015 - AZ)

United States of America v. Corbert Goldtooth

Navajo Man Sentenced to 30 Years in Prison for Murder in Fort Defiance.

Corbert Goldtooth, 43, of Window Rock, Ariz. and a member of the Navajo Nation, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge David G. Campbell to 360 months’ imprisonment. Goldtooth was previously found guilty by a federal jury of second degree murder.

The evidence at trial showed that, in t... More...
   $0 (10-22-2015 - AZ)

United States of America v. Marycela Rivas

Phoenix, AZ - Property Managers and Sisters Sentenced To Lengthy Prison Terms for Renting To Criminals

Marycela Rivas, 36, of Avondale, Ariz., was sentenced by Senior U.S. District Judge Roslyn O. Silver to 33 months’ imprisonment. Her sister, Leticia Montano, a.k.a. Leticia Rivas, 42, of Phoenix, was previously sentenced to 63 months’ imprisonment. Both women had pleaded guilty to cons... More...
   $0 (10-09-2015 - AZ)

United States of America v. Marycela Rivas

Marycela Rivas, 36, of Avondale, Ariz., was sentenced by Senior U.S. District Judge Roslyn O. Silver to 33 months’ imprisonment.

Her sister, Leticia Montano, a.k.a. Leticia Rivas, 42, of Phoenix, was previously sentenced to 63 months’ imprisonment. Both women had pleaded guilty to conspiracy to harbor illegal aliens.

Between 2008 and 2013, Montano, a licensed realtor, mana... More...
   $0 (10-14-2015 - AZ)

United States of America v. Alma Escalante

Last of 13 Members of Willcox Marijuana Trafficking Ring Sentenced to Prison.
PHOENIX – On Sept. 28, 2015, Alma Escalante, the last of thirteen members of a Willcox drug trafficking conspiracy, was sentenced to a term of imprisonment by U.S. District Judge G. Murray Snow. Luis Cruz, 41, Escalante’s husband and the leader of the organization, was previously sentenced to 121 months’ imprisonmen... More...
   $0 (10-09-2015 - AZ)

United States of America v. Elijah Loren Arthur, Sr.

Phoenix, AZ - Scottsdale Man Found Guilty of Premeditated Murder of Tribal Police Officer

Elijah Loren Arthur, Sr., 34, of Scottsdale, Ariz., was found guilty by a federal jury of first-degree murder and using a firearm in a crime of violence resulting in death. The case was tried before U.S. District Judge Steven P. Logan from Sept. 1-16, 2015. The defendant is being held after trial. ... More...
   $0 (09-18-2015 - AZ)

STATE OF ARIZONA v SHAWN PATRICK LYNCH

The victim, James Panzarella, was seen at a Scottsdale bar with Lynch and Michael Sehwani on March 24, 2001. Lynch, Sehwani, and Panzarella went to Panzarella’s residence early the next morning. Later that morning, Sehwani used Panzarella’s American Express card at a supermarket. Ten minutes later, the card was reported lost. Sehwani again used the card at a convenience store and unsuccessfull... More...   $0 (09-11-2015 - AZ)

Xcentric Ventures, LLC v. Lisa J. Borodkin

Xcentric Ventures appeals the district court’s grant of
summary judgment and judgment on the pleadings in favor of
defendants Mobrez and Llaneras and Rule 12(b)(6) dismissal
of defendant Borodkin in Xcentric’s malicious prosecution
action. We have jurisdiction pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1291

XCENTRIC VENTURES 4 V. BORODKIN

and review de novo. We agree with the distri... More...
   $0 (08-25-2015 - AZ)

United States of America v. Dr. Rashir Azher

Phoenix, AZ - Bullhead City Physician to Pay $207,000 to Resolve False Claims Allegations

Dr. Bashir Azher, M.D., 69, an Arizona-licensed physician practicing in Bullhead City, Ariz., has agreed to pay the United States $207,988 to resolve civil allegations that he violated the federal False Claims Act by submitting false bills to Medicare for prostate laser ablation procedures, commonly... More...
   $0 (08-19-2015 - AZ)

Salvador Reza v. Russell Pearce

In this § 1983 action, Salvador Reza alleges that Arizona
State Senator Russell Pearce violated his constitutional rights
when he ordered Reza removed, and barred, from the Arizona
Senate building (the Building) at the state capital. Reza
contends that Senator Pearce targeted him because of his
public criticism of the senator, and because of Reza’s
Mexican heritage. Senator... More...
   $0 (08-18-2015 - AZ)

United States of America v. Blain Aron Pannell

Phoenix, AZ - Defendant Sentenced For Sexual Abuse on Lake Powell In 2002

Blain Arno Pannell, 44, of Taylorsville, Utah, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Susan R. Bolton to 30 months’ imprisonment and required to register as a sex offender. Pannell previously pleaded guilty to one count of sexual abuse.

“Today’s outcome is a testament to the dedicated work of the Nat... More...
   $0 (07-28-2015 - AZ)

United States of America v. Victor Corral, Jr.

TUCSON, AZ – Victor Corral, Jr., 36, of Tucson, Ariz., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Cindy K. Jorgenson to 235 months’ imprisonment. Corral previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute heroin (greater than 90 kilograms) and conspiracy to launder monetary instruments.

A joint state and federal task force investigation into a Mexican based... More...
   $0 (07-24-2015 - AZ)

United States of America v. Marie Ann Stoltz

PHOENIX, AZ – Marie Ann Stoltz, 38, of Phoenix, Ariz., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge John J. Tuchi to 21 months’ imprisonment and ordered to pay $408,021 in restitution. Stoltz’s husband, Mark Edwin Stoltz, 44, of Phoenix, Ariz., was sentenced to 9 months of home confinement and also ordered to pay $408,821 in restitution. Both defendants previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wi... More...   $0 (07-13-2015 - AZ)

United States of America v. Julio Cesar Esquivel Reyes





PHOENIX, AZ – Julio Cesar Esquivel Reyes, 41, of Tolleson, Ariz. was sentenced by Senior U.S. District Judge Roslyn Silver to five years in prison and ordered to pay $568,413 in restitution. Reyes previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to... More...
   $0 (07-04-2015 - AZ)

United States of America v. Steven Antepara

TUCSON, AZ – Steven Antepara, 21, of New York, N.Y., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Cindy K. Jorgenson to 18 years in prison. Antepara previously pleaded guilty to attempting to entice a minor. Antepara’s term of imprisonment will be followed by lifetime supervised release with stringent sex offender conditions, including the condition that he register as a sex offender.

... More...
   $0 (06-15-2015 - AZ)

United States of America v. Vittorio Francesco Castillo-Gonzalez

TUCSON, AZ – Tucson resident Vittorio Francesco Castillo-Gonzalez, 27, was sentenced by Chief U.S. District Judge Raner C. Collins to 30 years’ incarceration for his part in two federal child pornography cases. In the first case, which arose in Arizona, the defendant was charged with distribution, receipt, and possession of child pornography after a 2009 investigation by the Federal Bureau of... More...   $0 (05-18-2015 - AZ)

United States of America v. Darrell Lee Jenkins

PHOENIX, AZ – On Darrell Lee Jenkins, Jr., 35, of Tucson, Ariz., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge G. Murray Snow to 67 months’ imprisonment. Jenkins previously pleaded guilty to one count of robbery involving controlled substances and one count of interference with commerce by robbery (a Hobbs Act violation).

On March 13, 2014, Jenkins robbed a CVS pharmacy in Reno, N... More...
   $0 (05-19-2015 - AZ)

United States of America v. Paxton Jeffrey Anderson and Joseph John Plany

PHOENIX, AZ – Paxton Jeffrey Anderson, 44, of Montevideo, Minn., and Joseph John Plany, 42, of Hutto, Texas, were sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Susan R. Bolton to eight years and four years in prison, respectively, and ordered to pay $3,270,425 in restitution. Anderson and Planey were convicted of multiple counts of bank fraud in June, 2014, after a three-week jury trial.

... More...
   $0 (05-19-2015 - AZ)

United States of America v. Ruben Sahagun-Gallegos aka Ruben Gallegos Sahagun, aka Ruben Sahungun-Gallegos

We consider in this case whether, consistent with
Descamps v. United States, 133 S. Ct. 2276 (2013), a
sentencing court conducting the modified categorical
approach may rely on a defense attorney’s statement of the
factual basis for a guilty plea and use the process of
elimination to determine which subsection of a divisible
statute the defendant pleaded guilty to violati... More...
   $0 (04-10-2015 - AZ)

United States of America v. Norman George Begay

PHOENIX, AZ – Norman George Begay, Jr., 31, of Shonto, Ariz., a member of the Navajo Nation, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Douglas L. Rayes to seven years’ imprisonment for stabbing his victim, resulting in serious bodily injuries. Begay pleaded guilty on Sept. 22, 2014, to assault resulting in serious bodily injury, occurring on the Navajo Indian Reservation.

The investi... More...
   $0 (02-10-2015 - AZ)

United States of America v. Joel Sesma-Garcia

TUCSON, AZ – Joel Sesma-Garcia, 40, was sentenced and Gerald Fidel Herrera, 41, was sentenced on Jan. 30, 2015, by U.S. District Judge Jennifer G. Zipps to 25 years and 15 years’ imprisonment, respectively, for their roles in a cocaine distribution ring that operated from 2008 to 2012 and spanned five states. Both are from Tucson, Ariz.

Between the Spring of 2008 and the arrests... More...
   $0 (02-11-2015 - AZ)

United States of America v. Kevin Grant Lee

PHOENIX, AZ – Kevin Grant Lee, 35, formerly of Mesa, was sentenced by U.S. Senior District Judge
to 12 months in federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for his role in assisting his brother, Scott Thomas Lee, in committing mortgage loan origination fraud. Late last year, Judge Silver sentenced Scott Thomas Lee, 46, former owner of Summit Capital Mortgage, LLC, to 60... More...
   $0 (02-12-2015 - AZ)

 
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