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San Carlos Man Sentenced to 25 Years in Federal Prison for Murdering Phoenix Man

U.S. Attorney’s Office December 22, 2009
  • District of Arizona (602) 514-7500

PHOENIX—Mason James Henry, 21, of San Carlos, Arizona, a member of the San Carlos Apache Indian Tribe, was sentenced today to 25 years in federal prison by U.S. District Judge James A. Teilborg. Henry pleaded guilty on August 5, 2009, to Second Degree Murder.

On August 28, 2008, near San Carlos Lake on the San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation, Henry, with co-defendant Melvin Pascal Nash, shot and killed a Phoenix man. The victim had been temporarily in the area working as a security guard for a construction project and had no prior association with either of the defendants. Nash was sentenced to 25 years in federal prison in November 2009, for his role in the murder.

The investigation in this case was conducted by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Gila County Sheriff’s Office, the Arizona Department of Public Safety, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the San Carlos Police Department. The prosecution was handled by Thomas C. Simon, Assistant United States Attorney, District of Arizona, Phoenix.

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