Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Arizona
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Two Men Receive Multi-Year Sentences for Brutal Beatings on Navajo Reservation
PHOENIX – Yesterday, Ray Manygoats, 26, of Tuba City, Ariz., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge G. Murray Snow to 70 months’ imprisonment after Manygoats previously pleaded guilty to two counts of assault resulting in serious bodily injury. Judge Snow previously sentenced co-defendant, Lee Bighorse Reed, 23, also of Tuba City, Ariz., to 84 months’ imprisonment on the same charges. Both defendants and victims are members of the Navajo Nation.
The defendants admitted searching for and then beating the two unarmed and unsuspecting victims with a wooden dowel and a metal bar on the Navajo Nation Reservation. The assault resulted in permanent injury to the victims.
The investigation in this case was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The prosecution was handled by Christine Ducat Keller, Assistant U.S. Attorney, District of Arizona, Phoenix.
CASE NUMBER: CR-15-08126-PCT-GMS
RELEASE NUMBER: 2016-008_Reed_Manygoats
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