Man Sentenced in Murder of 65-year-old Casa Grande Woman

(FLORENCE, AZ) - A 26-year-old man has been sentenced to natural life in the Arizona Department of Corrections in the murder of a 65-year-old woman in Casa Grande.

On September 1st, Pinal County Superior Court Judge Steven Fuller sentenced Angel Noland Jr., 26, to natural life in the Arizona Department of Corrections.

In July, a jury found Noland guilty of First Degree Murder, a class one felony and Unlawful Use of Means of Transportation, a class 5 felony.

In August 2019, Casa Grande Police investigated the murder of a 65-year-old woman found stabbed multiple times inside her home. According to court documents, investigators identified Noland as the person seen on surveillance video with the victim at a hardware store the day before. Investigators also saw him in the same clothing on different surveillance video abandoning the victim’s car and throwing the keys into an alley.

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Domestic Violence Awareness Walk Set for October

(APACHE JUNCTION, AZ) - To mark Domestic Violence Awareness Month, a community walk and family day will take place in mid-October in Apache Junction.

The Pinal County Attorney’s Office will join the Apache Junction Police Department and A New Leaf: Community Alliance Against Family Abuse (CAAFA) for the event, titled 'Stop the Violence - End the Silence Domestic Violence Awareness Walk & Family Day.'

WHEN: Saturday, October 15th

WHERE: Prospector Park, 3015 N. Idaho Road, Apache Junction

TIME: Registration: 7am – 8am

             Walk: 8am – 9am

            Games and Resource Booths: 9am – 12pm

Registration is free or you can pay $30 and have a t-shirt included. If possible, you are also encouraged to donate a hygiene item.

“It is extremely important to stop the stigma surrounding domestic violence,” said Community Liaison Latisha Joseph. “We have to talk about it, we have to be open to listening to, and advocating for those people that are going through it. Stop the Violence - End the Silence and help bring awareness to, and bring light to, resources available to those that need them.”

All money raised from the event will benefit CAAFA.

Register: https://bit.ly/3CQaEU8

Join the Facebook Group

D.V. Walk

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Casa Grande Man Sentenced to 100 Years in Sexual Conduct with a Minor Case

(Florence, AZ) - A Casa Grande man has been sentenced to 100 years in the Arizona Department of Corrections relating to a case involving sexual conduct with a minor.

On Monday, Pinal County Superior Court Judge Christopher O'Neil sentenced Frank Reyes, 29, to a total of 100 years in the Arizona Department of Corrections

In July, a jury found Reyes guilty of five counts of Sexual Conduct with a Minor, all class two felonies and dangerous crimes against children; and one count of Molestation of a Child, also a class two felony and dangerous crime against children.

According to court documents, in 2019 a juvenile female disclosed Reyes had inappropriate sexual contact with her. The Casa Grande Police Department investigated the case, and a sexual assault examination was completed on the victim. During the investigation, DNA samples were obtained from the victim's body based on her disclosures and a DNA sample was also obtained from Reyes, with the profile coming back as a match.

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Man Sentenced to 22 years in Child Sexual Exploitation Case

(FLORENCE, AZ) - Earlier this month, Dale Lenz, 29, of Apache Junction was sentenced to 22 years in the Arizona Department of Corrections in connection with a child sexual exploitation case.

On August 15th, Judge Steven Fuller sentenced Lenz to 22 years in the Arizona Department of Corrections, followed by two terms of lifetime probation.  Lenz also must register as a sex offender.

In July, Lenz entered into a plea agreement and pled guilty to one count of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor, a class two felony; and two counts of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor in the Second Degree, each a class three felony.

This case involved the Department of Homeland Security and the Apache Junction Police Department.  In May 2021, an online investigation into a chat platform located evidence of child sexual exploitation. According to court documents, Lenz was connected to an IP address in the case, and upon the execution of a search warrant at an Apache Junction residence, investigators forensically discovered child sexual exploitation videos and images on a mobile device. 

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Man sentenced to more than 22 years in Apache Junction double murder

(FLORENCE, AZ) - On Thursday, August 18th, Demian Joseph Blu, 44, was sentenced to 22.5 years in prison for the killings of Keith Long and Renae Gardner after pleading guilty to two counts of Second Degree Murder. The families of both victims were present during the hearing.

Blu was indicted in September 2018, on multiple counts stemming from the 2016 murders of Long and Gardner, due to his involvement with a local outlaw motorcycle gang, The Loose Cannons. In August of 2021, after a six week trial, a jury convicted Blu of two counts of Hindering Prosecution in the First Degree, one count of Assisting a Criminal Street Gang, and two counts of Abandonment or Concealment of a Dead Body. Superior Court Judge Robert C. Olson sentenced Blu to 27.5 years in the Arizona Department of Corrections in October of 2021, on the trial counts.

In his allocution to the Court on August 18th, 2022, Blu said:

“To the families of Keith Long and Renae Gardner, there is nothing I can say to take away the pain I have caused. Not a day goes by that I don’t live with regret. I know sorry is not enough, but it’s all I can say.”

This case was investigated by the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office in connection with the Apache Junction Police Department and prosecuted by Deputy County Attorneys Patrick Chapman and Gina Cucuzella.

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Sextortion: The Hidden Pandemic – A free community movie-viewing event!

(QUEEN CREEK, AZ) - The Pinal County Attorney’s Office is partnering with the Queen Creek Police Department to present “Sextortion: The Hidden Pandemic,” a documentary highlighting the impact of a crime that is impacting children in our communities.

The film features a real life case and takes a deep dive into the world of online grooming and sextortion. Both QCPD and the Pinal County Attorney’s office have handled several cases that fall under ‘sextortion.’ Generally, this term includes the coercement of inappropriate pictures from children, with the predator threatening to release them publicly unless they receive more content or money in return.

A panel of experts including the filmmakers, QCPD detectives and PCAO staff attorneys will be available to answer questions after the viewing on September 17th.

The safety of our children is a big priority for Pinal County Attorney Kent Volkmer and QCPD Chief Randy Brice.

“We are very excited about this partnership with the Pinal County Attorney’s Office. These crimes are extremely difficult to solve and can be traumatic for the victims and their families. We want to keep our children safe and prevention is the best strategy for mitigating these issues. We really hope to see as many parents and teens as possible at this free movie viewing event,” stated Queen Creek Police Chief Randy Brice.

While the movie is free, tickets are required. Residents interested in attending the event are asked to sign up at bit.ly/3BWIRkw.

“The reality is predators go to great lengths to trick and extort our children,” said County Attorney Kent Volkmer. “Whether it be apps, gaming consoles or social media, any child who has access to the internet can become a potential target of a predator, which makes awareness and education vital in protecting our kids.”

The event takes place on Saturday, September 17 from 1 p.m. – 4p.m. at the Queen Creek Performing Arts Center located at 22149 E. Ocotillo Road, in Queen Creek. It is currently the only scheduled showing of the film in Arizona.

You can learn more about the film at https://sextortionfilm.com/.

For questions regarding the event please contact Michael Pelton, Public Information Officer for the Pinal County Attorney’s Office at Michael.pelton@pinal.Gov  or Sonu Wasu, Public Information Officer of Public Safety for the Town of Queen Creek at  sonu.wasu@queencreekaz.gov.

Parental advisory: This movie content includes sensitive topics such as sexual exploitation of a minor, suicide/suicidal ideation, and human/sex trafficking.

Sextortion Film

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Woman Sentenced in Connection with Eloy Stabbing Death

(FLORENCE, AZ) - This week, a Pinal County woman was sentenced to 20 years in the Arizona Department of Corrections relating to the death of a man near an Eloy truck stop in 2020.

Cheryl Belver, 35, of Apache Junction, was sentenced Tuesday in Pinal County Superior Court. Judge Steven Fuller sentenced Belver to 20 years in the Arizona Department of Corrections with an additional seven (7) years of probation.

Belver previously entered a plea agreement and pleaded guilty to one count of second degree murder, a class one felony; as well as armed robbery, a class two felony.

The case pertains to an incident near an Eloy truck stop on February 27, 2020. According to court documents, an altercation took place near the truck stop involving a group of people. Responding officers found two people suffering from apparent puncture wounds at the scene, including a 32-year-old man who was pronounced deceased in the parking lot. Belver was arrested after officers determined she was part of a group of people involved in staging a robbery which resulted in the death of an individual.

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‘Coffee with Kent’ Event Coming to Maricopa

MARICOPA, AZ - A 'Coffee with Kent' event is set to take place at the end of August, the latest in the series of community gatherings which is designed to interact with residents and answer questions.

'Coffee with Kent, and the Chief' will take place on August 25th from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Copper Sky Community Center in Maricopa. County Attorney Kent Volkmer will join Maricopa Police Chief James Hughes for the event.

The Pinal County Attorney's Office has hosted 'Coffee with Kent' events across the county throughout the year. They are opportunities for the community to meet with their local law enforcement officials, ask questions, raise concerns and learn about what is occurring in their community. It is also a good chance to better understand how the criminal justice process works.

For further questions about the event, please contact Community Liaison Latisha Joseph at Latisha.Joseph@pinal.gov.

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5th Annual Golf Tournament Seeks Players, Sponsors

MARICOPA, AZ - The Pinal County Attorneys Office is looking for both sponsors and excited players to participate in the 5th Annual Pinal County Law Enforcement Association Golf Tournament.

The tournament is scheduled to take place on Friday, September 9th, 2022 at Southern Dunes Golf Club in Maricopa. Lunch is included in the event.

Money raised during the golf tournament provides training scholarships for law enforcement officers throughout Pinal County. Teams of four are encouraged, however teams of two can be placed accordingly. The event is open to the public.

In 2021, the golf tournament raised more than $10,000 that went toward training opportunities and resources for officers.

If you are interested in playing in the tournament or becoming a sponsor, see the below flyers for additional details. You can also contact Community Liaison Latisha Joseph at Latisha.Joseph@Pinal.Gov.

 

PCLEA Golf Tournament
Sponsorship Levels
Registration Form

 

 

PCAO Paralegal Named ‘Legal Assistant of the Year’

FLORENCE, AZ - The Pinal County Attorney's Office is proud to announce one of its paralegals was named Legal Assistant of the Year.

Elle Deavult, a senior paralegal in the Major Crimes Bureau, won the 2022 Legal Assistant of the Year Award from the Arizona Prosecuting Attorneys' Advisory Council (APAAC).

Elle was nominated and subsequently won the award due in large part to her organizational skills, ability to coordinate with multiple agencies, focus on details, tenacity and overall office contributions.

Despite a large number of complex cases, Elle finds ways to consistently help not only both of her assigned attorneys, but also co-workers and supervisors. Such was the case when she assisted her colleagues on the transition to a new case management system based on her prior experience on the platform.

Elle is a valued member of PCAO, has earned the trust of her attorneys and deserves this recognition.

The Arizona Prosecuting Attorneys' Advisory Council (APAAC) was created by the Arizona Legislature in 1977. The primary mission is to coordinate and provide training and education to prosecutors across Arizona. The organization serves approximately 885 full-time state, county and municipal prosecutors.

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