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12/4/2012 6:01:00 AM
Peach Springs shooter gets federal time
Erin Taylor
Miner Staff Reporter

A Peach Springs man who shot three people in two separate incidents has been sentenced to close to 13½ years in federal prison.

Cooper Price Susanyatame, 20, pleaded guilty to one count of assault with a dangerous weapon and one count of use of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence for two different incidents in 2011. He was sentenced to 161 months in prison Nov. 28.

Susanyatame was first arrested Aug. 24, 2011, on the Hualapai Reservation after authorities said he stabbed two people. Both survived.

Susanyatame was arrested again four months later for shooting at a child who was outside playing on the reservation on Christmas Day.

Prosecutors said the bullet missed the child but struck her grandmother in the head while she was standing inside her home. The grandmother was hospitalized but also survived.

The cases were handled by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Hualapai Nation Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, December 6, 2012
Article comment by: Know the System

Someone else.. Haha you dont do all your time when you go federal. Im not exactly sure where you heard that but its 100% inaccurate

Posted: Thursday, December 6, 2012
Article comment by: Someone Else

13.5 years seems short to many, but federal sentences carry the full sentence. He will serve 13.5 years. This isn't really dissimilar to a 20-25 year sentence in most state prisons.

Posted: Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Article comment by: Capt. Nice

Mr. Outrider
That is good to hear that the tribal court is starting to take crime seriously as in the past it has been a joke.
They should start by having real Judges and lawyers running the court, but I know that is probably impossible.

Posted: Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Article comment by: Kathy Esquerra

Wow, must be nice to get such a short sentence, I wonder if it were the tribal authorities that got shot at or stabbed, they would do more to him. So, that should have been 3 charges of attempted murder, one being at a child. Anytime you use a weapon you must be wanting to kill that person, and another charge for the poor grandmother standing inside the house. Wow, I sure wonder weather this guy will learn his lesson. Wow, our judicial system is sure on top of it arent they, since it shouldnt be left up to the tribal authorities at all.

Posted: Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Article comment by: Edward Outrider

Capt. Nice, if you look back at the miner you will wind several federal prosecutions, federal time usually comes with a 3 to 5 year tail of supervised release also. The tribe has made a serious effort to get serious crimes prosecuted federally ultimately making it a safer community.

Posted: Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Article comment by: Just Sayin

"A Peach Springs man who shot three people in two separate incidents has been sentenced to close to 13½ years in federal prison."

Wow that is a very laxed sentence, do the math here 4.5 years per person. Glad those people who were shot got justice!

/e shakes head

Posted: Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Article comment by: Capt. Nice

I wonder why he was tried in a federal court as usually the tribal court would have handled this slapped his hands, sent the guy home and told him not to do it again,
He still got off easy as far as I'm concerned.

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