Apache Junction man gets 9 years in prison for possessing sexually explicit images of children

(Florence, AZ) - An Apache Junction man has been sentenced to nearly a decade in prison for possessing sexually explicit images of children.

On January 9, 2023, Pinal County Superior Court Judge Steven Fuller sentenced Kyle Tyson, 21, to nine years in the Arizona Department of Corrections followed by two terms of lifetime probation.

Tyson pled guilty to three (3) counts of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor in the Second Degree, Class 3 Felonies and Preparatory Dangerous Crimes Against Children.

In June, 2022, the Apache Junction Police Department was made aware through the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children of potential child sexual exploitation activity occurring through a social media app. Investigators were able to locate multiple sexually explicit files involving children on the app and subsequently served a search warrant at an Apache Junction home. Investigators located explicit material on Tyson’s cell phone in addition to the files on his social media app.

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Inmate sentenced to more than a dozen additional years for participating in a criminal street gang

(FLORENCE, AZ) - A state prison inmate has been sentenced to more than a dozen additional years in the department of corrections for participating in a criminal street gang.

On November 14, 2022, Pinal County Superior Court Judge Jason Holmberg sentenced Jesse Alejandro, 37, to 15 years in the Arizona Department of Corrections, to be served consecutive to his current sentence.

Alejandro pled guilty to one count of Participating in a Criminal Street Gang, a class two felony.

This sentence stems from two cases, both involving communications from Alejandro from the department of corrections. Alejandro is currently an inmate within the Arizona Department of Corrections and housed at ASPC Eyman in Florence. According to court documents, Alejandro used both a contraband cell phone and the inmate phone system to conduct business for the Arizona Mexican Mafia. Investigators were able to learn the details of those phone calls, which showed his participation in the gang.

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Casa Grande man sentenced to 12 years for multiple offenses

(FLORENCE, AZ) - A Casa Grande man has been sentenced to a dozen years in the Arizona Department of Corrections for multiple cases which include aggravated assault, misconduct involving weapons and unlawful flight.

On November 14, 2022, Pinal County Superior Court Judge Christopher O’Neil sentenced Francisco Diego, 36, to 12 years in the Arizona Department of Corrections.

This sentence involves three cases. Diego pled guilty to Aggravated Assault, a class 6 designated domestic violence felony; Misconduct Involving Weapons, a class 4 felony; Unlawful Flight, a class 5 felony and Disorderly Conduct with a Weapon, a class 6 dangerous domestic violence felony.

This sentence spanned multiple cases, including an incident in September 2021 where Diego was involved in a vehicle pursuit with law enforcement, failed to stop for an attempted traffic stop, struck a concrete ditch and fled from the vehicle, according to court documents. Several of his belongings were recovered from the vehicle, as well as a handgun. Diego is a prohibited firearm possessor.

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Casa Grande man sentenced in Sexual Conduct with a Minor case

(FLORENCE, AZ) - A Casa Grande man has been sentenced to 27 years in the Department of Corrections in a case involving sexual conduct with a minor.

On December 12th, 2022, Superior Court Judge Jason Holmberg sentenced Trevor Betterton, 37, to 27 years in the Arizona Department of Corrections followed by two terms of lifetime probation.

Betterton pled guilty to Sexual Conduct with a Minor, a Class 2 Felony and Dangerous Crime Against Children; and two counts of Molestation of a Child in the Second Degree, both Class 3 Felonies and Preparatory Dangerous Crimes Against Children.

This case was investigated by the Casa Grande Police Department and involved two victims, both under the age of 15. In 2021, a juvenile disclosed that Betterton previously molested her. As part of a plea agreement, Betterton admitted to illicit contact with the reporting juvenile and one additional juvenile.

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Man sentenced in Sexual Exploitation of a Minor case

(FLORENCE, AZ) - A Valley man has been sentenced to more than a dozen years in the Arizona Department of Corrections for Sexual Exploitation of a Minor.

On December 5th, 2022, Superior Court Judge Jason Holmberg sentenced Carlos Chavez, 32, to 17 years in the Arizona Department of Corrections followed by lifetime probation. 

Chavez pled guilty to Sexual Exploitation of a Minor, a Class 2 Felony and Dangerous Crime Against Children; and Sexual Exploitation of a Minor in the Second Degree, a Class 3 Felony and Preparatory Dangerous Crime Against Children.

In August 2022, Chavez was arrested after Superior Police received a report that Chavez had an ongoing illicit relationship with a minor. After his arrest, investigators used a search warrant to extract data from Chavez's cell phone, which contained illegal files depicting the exploitative exhibition of children, according to court documents.
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Significant Sentences

Apache Junction man gets 9 years in prison for possessing sexually explicit images of children

(Florence, AZ) - An Apache Junction man has been sentenced to nearly a decade in prison for possessing sexually explicit images of children. On January 9, 2023, Pinal County Superior Court Judge Steven Fuller sentenced Kyle Tyson, 21, to nine years in the Arizona Department of Corrections followed by two terms of lifetime probation. Tyson […]

Inmate sentenced to more than a dozen additional years for participating in a criminal street gang

(FLORENCE, AZ) - A state prison inmate has been sentenced to more than a dozen additional years in the department of corrections for participating in a criminal street gang. On November 14, 2022, Pinal County Superior Court Judge Jason Holmberg sentenced Jesse Alejandro, 37, to 15 years in the Arizona Department of Corrections, to be […]

Casa Grande man sentenced to 12 years for multiple offenses

(FLORENCE, AZ) - A Casa Grande man has been sentenced to a dozen years in the Arizona Department of Corrections for multiple cases which include aggravated assault, misconduct involving weapons and unlawful flight. On November 14, 2022, Pinal County Superior Court Judge Christopher O’Neil sentenced Francisco Diego, 36, to 12 years in the Arizona Department […]

Man sentenced to 20 years in gun pointing case

(FLORENCE, AZ) - A Pinal County man has been sentenced to 20 years in the Arizona Department of Corrections relating to an incident that involved pointing a gun at students on a school campus. On October 17, 2022, Pinal County Superior Court Judge Jason Holmberg sentenced Niko Biarco, 30, to 20 years in the Arizona […]

Man Sentenced to 41 Years in Sexual Conduct with a Minor Case

(FLORENCE, AZ) - A San Tan Valley man has been sentenced to more than 40 years in the Arizona Department of Corrections for offenses including sexual conduct with a minor. On August 25, 2022, Pinal County Superior Court Judge Jason Holmberg sentenced Michael Erickson, 43, to 41 years in the Arizona Department of Corrections. Erickson […]

Man sentenced to 20 years for assault on a law enforcement officer

(FLORENCE, AZ) - A Casa Grande man has been sentenced to 20 years in the Arizona Department of Corrections for aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer. On August 22, 2022, Pinal County Superior Court Judge Steven Fuller sentenced Leonard Skinner, 61, to 20 years in the Arizona Department of Corrections. Skinner previously pled guilty […]

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

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