U.S. Attorney's Office
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May 6, 2014

Hualapai Man Sentenced to 165 Months in Prison for Domestic Violence Assaults

PHOENIX—On May 5, 2014, Valance Ray Smith, Sr., 46, of Peach Springs, Arizona, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge G. Murray Snow to a total of 165 months in prison on two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon and one count of assault resulting in serious bodily injury. Smith was found guilty by a federal jury on January 9, 2014.

The evidence at trial indicated that Smith assaulted the victim on two separate occasions; on July 8, 2011, Smith stabbed the victim in a domestic violence situation, causing her to sustain injuries, and on September 29, 2012, Smith beat the victim with a metal pipe, causing her to suffer serious bodily injuries.

The investigation in this case was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Hualapai Nation Police Department. The prosecution was handled by Christina J. Reid-Moore and Dimitra H. Sampson, Assistant U.S. Attorneys, District of Arizona, Phoenix.

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