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11/13/2012 6:00:00 AM
Peach Springs siblings facing 20 years for assaulting officer

Erin Taylor
Miner Staff Reporter

A 25-year-old Peach Springs man faces up to 20 years in federal prison for injuring a police officer who was trying to arrest the man's sister.

Jordan Reed Sumatzkuku pleaded guilty last week in federal court to felony charges of assault on a federal officer.

Authorities said Sumatzkuku grabbed a Hualapai Nation Police Officer arresting his sister and wrestled him to the ground. The officer broke his left foot during the struggle.

Sumatzkuku's sister, Raema Sumatzkuku, pleaded guilty to the same charge as her brother earlier this year.

Both face a maximum of 20 years in federal prison when sentenced in the next two months.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, November 15, 2012
Article comment by: pl .....

gotta thank the Miner for printing my former comments here. It lends new meaning to the word "macabre" to have a judge ask you in court "do you understand your rights", only to be very sure that if you exercise your right to tell the truth, you will be sentenced to jail. Alice In Wonderland had much less imagination than the American criminal justice system, but poor little Alice wasn't keeping the people in their place while her masters were raping the nation, and other nations ($20 trillion bailouts, illegal wars, and at the local good old boy level, handing out your dossier to murderers, etc.). Better run off to church, grab some more of those doughnuts and cookies, and recluse yourselves in LaLa Land.

Posted: Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Article comment by: Philip Lundquist

@ticked off.....yeah, and there's another side to "law enforcement", as well - the hungry cops/feds who use aggressive criminal informants to ratchet up situations to arrest people. The War On This and The War On That, leaving destroyed lives in their wake. Lies, fraud, profiteering, absolutely unaccountable abuses by heroes who hide behind bulletproof glass and judges who back up their every crime.

Posted: Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Article comment by: Ticked Off

Annoyed Citizen, My son is a police officer, the drug addict on PCP that took 5 officers to gain control of, or the creep that almost shot him point blank in the face, is why criminals get more punishment, every day they put there life on the line for people like you, who just don't get it. When you lay your head down at night do you wonder if your gonna get a phone call that your child, father of your grand kids has been killed or hurt, have you bothered to think that the officer may have broken his foot in an effort to keep this guy from getting his gun. You are the ungrateful people that my son and all the other officers lay down there lives for,even if you don't appreciate it..

Posted: Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Article comment by: Michelle B

20 years?!?!?! Extreme much.

That is full of it. Only In Arizona can you get more time for something like this but child molesters walk free.

I hope these people can get a fair chance because 20 years is not fair, the officer broke his foot, he didn't lose his life. Wake up people!

Posted: Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Article comment by: Brian Miller

It should also be noted that Mr. Sumatzkuku was also on Federal Parole and had just gotten out of prison for serving time for another violent crime not even a week before this occured. Hence the enhancement on his sentence.

Posted: Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Article comment by: Tj Denton

They will be out in 36 months guaranteed.

Posted: Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

“… why is the punishment like 100 times more severe when its a cop.”

Because anyone who would injure or kill a police officer is a danger to the citizenry at large.

Posted: Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Article comment by: Eddie Outrider

Annoyed Citizen, getting assaulted isn't something to be accepted as part of any job. The Police go out into the community looking for these types of individuals and do so with special protections, so do medical staff, firefighters and teachers. The level of punishment in this case is higher then normal but that speaks to the criminal history of the individual. P.s. this punishments only about 3 times more severe indicating the guys probably a carer criminal of some kind.

Posted: Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Article comment by: Knowledge is Power

To all uninformed "annoyed citizen" if you knew the extensive criminal background of certain individuals your negative comments would be different. do your research first..

Posted: Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Article comment by: annoyed Citizen

i understand these people have a federal job and all but this is insane. .20 years for a broken foot! why is the punishment like 100 times more severe when its a cop. .they should know with the job things like this may happen . . im sorry i just think 20 years is a little bit ridiculous . . .just my opinion . .

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