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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Gila River Man Sentenced to 230 Months in Prison for Murder

PHOENIX—Raymond Herman French, 41, of Sacaton, Ariz., was sentenced yesterday by Judge Frederick J. Martone to 230 months’ imprisonment, followed by five years of supervised release. French pleaded guilty on May 31, 2011, to the crime of second-degree murder.

French murdered the victim, Jeffrey Thomas, on January 22, 2011, when he shot the victim with a firearm. The victim died as a result of the injury. The crime occurred on the Gila River Indian Community.

The investigation in this case was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Gila River Police Department. The prosecution was handled by Heather H. Belt, Assistant U.S. Attorney, District of Arizona, Phoenix.

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