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Judge: David Nuffer
Court: United States District Court for the District of Utah (Salt Lake County)
Plaintiff's Attorney: United States Attorney’s Office in Salt Lake City
Description: Salt Lake City, Utah criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant charged with second-degree murder in Indian country.
Perry Maryboy, age 59, of Bluff, Utah, was accused of unlawfully shooting and killing a man during a roadside argument on April 3, 2018.
Maryboy, who was parked on the side of the road at the intersection of Country Road 443 and Summerhouse Road, escalated an argument with the victim after being told to leave the area by the victim, who drove up behind him. Maryboy exited his truck and grabbed a revolver. He fired two shots, each allegedly intended as warning shots, but the second shot struck the victim in the back of the head. The victim died on scene in front of his common law wife and her 7-year-old child. Maryboy then fled the scene in his truck.
“The defendant acted with complete recklessness,” said Assistant United States Attorney, Mark Hirata, for the District of Utah, during trial. “If firing a bullet to the back of a person’s head isn’t a crime of violence, I don’t know what is.”
Sentencing is scheduled for August 4, 2023, at 9:00 a.m. before U.S. District Court Judge David Nuffer at the Orrin G. Hatch United States District Courthouse.
U.S. Attorney, Trina A. Higgins for the District of Utah made the announcement.
The case was investigated jointly by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Monticello Field Office, Navajo Nation Police Department and Navajo Nation Criminal Investigations.
Assistant U.S. Attorneys, Mark Y. Hirata, Angela Reddish-Day, and Stephen Dent are prosecuting the case.
Outcome: Defendant was found guilty.