Alleged Human Smuggler Sentenced to 22.5 Years in I-10 High-Speed Crash While Fleeing Law Enforcement

FLORENCE, AZ (May 16th, 2024)  –  A Pinal County Judge has sentenced Timothy Broyles, 33, to more than 20 years in prison for seriously injuring two people and endangering others in a high-speed crash while fleeing law enforcement along the I-10.

This week, Pinal County Superior Court Judge Jason Holmberg sentenced Broyles to 22.5 years in the Arizona Department of Corrections.

“Dangerous decisions lead to dire consequences,” said County Attorney Kent Volkmer. “I am just relieved that no innocent civilians or law enforcement personnel were injured in this case and the driver was held accountable for his choice to endanger the public.”

Broyles pled guilty to two counts of Aggravated Assault, both Class 3 Felonies; Unlawful Flight from Law Enforcement, a Class 5 Felony; and two counts of Endangerment, both Class 6 Felonies.

"Smuggling in Pinal County does not pay," said Sheriff Mark Lamb. "We will hold you accountable." 

In February, 2023, the deputies with the Pinal County Sheriff's Office attempted a traffic stop on a Red GMC traveling along I-10. The vehicle did not stop and instead sped up and began changing lanes. The deputy initiated a pursuit and followed the vehicle as it weaved through traffic at speeds up to 90mph. At one point, the GMC crossed over the median and began driving into oncoming traffic, driving westbound on the eastbound side of the interstate at speeds near 90mph. Traffic was having to swerve to avoid striking the GMC. During the pursuit, the GMC lost control and rolled into the median. Two passengers were ejected and sustained serious injuries. Two other passengers were also in the vehicle and suffered minor injuries.

Broyles was identified as the driver and told deputies he did not stop because he was scared and did not want "to lose his load of people," according to the incident report.

Broyles also admitted to using fentanyl and had to have narcan administered by EMS.

This case was prosecuted by Deputy County Attorney Stephen Bridger.

 

 

 

 

Woman Sentenced to Life in Prison for Murder of 3-Year-Old Girl

FLORENCE, AZ (April 25th, 2024)  - A Pinal County Superior Court Judge has sentenced Shawn Main, 53, to life in prison for the murder of a three-year-old girl.

On Thursday, Pinal County Superior Court Judge Daniel Washburn sentenced Main to life plus an additional 17 years in the Arizona Department of Corrections.

Washburn previously found Main guilty of First Degree Felony Murder; Child Abuse, a Class Two Felony; and two counts of Child Abuse as Class Four Felonies.

“Children are the most vulnerable in our community and it’s a tragedy this young girl’s life was cut so short,” said County Attorney Kent Volkmer. “Those who abuse children need to be held accountable. Our thoughts are with the girl’s siblings who will go through life without their sister.”

This trial took place as a bench trial, meaning the judge, not a jury, made the determination of guilt or innocence.

On November 19th, 2015, the Pinal County Sheriff's Office responded to Banner Casa Grande Medical Center reference a death investigation of a three-year-old girl named Tiana. Deputies advised Tiana had injuries across her body in addition to an extremely severe diaper rash.

Detectives spoke with the woman who was with the child, identified as Main. Main and her wife were also living with another woman in Maricopa and were trying to adopt her four children, which included Tiana. Main claimed the girl had repeatedly fallen and that is how the severe injuries occurred. During interviews with investigators, Main made conflicting statements about what took place. The state argued that blunt force trauma was the cause of death, with a dozen impacts to the victim's head and face, and that the injuries were not at all consistent with a child falling on their own.

During sentencing, several statements were read on behalf of Tiana’s juvenile brothers, who described how her death has affected them and recalled Tiana as a child who loved Minnie Mouse and Hello Kitty. Deputy County Attorney Shawn Jensvold told the Court, “Had Ms. Main demonstrated just an ounce of human decency…none of this would have happened.”

Main addressed the Court and did not accept responsibility, but in reference to the guilty verdicts told the judge, “I couldn’t believe you got it so wrong.”

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Casa Grande Man Sentenced to 37 Years for Sexual Conduct with a Minor

FLORENCE, AZ (April 12, 2024) - A Casa Grande man has been sentenced to nearly four decades in prison for engaging in sexual conduct with a minor under the age of 15. 

On Friday, Pinal County Superior Court Judge Daniel Washburn Sentenced Albert Tellez, 53, to 37 years of flat time in the Arizona Department of Corrections, followed by lifetime probation. 

Tellez pled guilty to Sexual Conduct with a Minor Under 15, a Class 2 Felony and Dangerous Crime Against Children; and Sexual Conduct with a Minor Under 15 in the Second Degree, a Class 3 Felony and Preparatory Dangerous Crime Against Children. 

In December 2022, a 13-year-old juvenile met Tellez in the parking lot of a retail shopping center in Casa Grande. According to court documents, Tellez was able to get the juvenile to a house where he engaged in sexual conduct with her. The juvenile disclosed the encounter to authorities and underwent a medical exam and forensic interview. DNA from Tellez was found on the juvenile. Video surveillance from the retail location also aided the investigation done by the Casa Grande Police Department. 

Tellez was already a convicted sex offender. 

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Maricopa Woman Sentenced to 26 Years in Deadly DUI Crash

FLORENCE. AZ (March 22nd, 2024) - A Maricopa woman has been sentenced to 26 years in prison for killing a woman and seriously injuring another man in a multi-vehicle collision that involved the defendant speeding 119 mph prior to the crash.

On Friday, March 22nd, Pinal County Superior Court Judge Danielle Harris sentenced Chelsea Edwards, 20, to 26 years in the Arizona Department of Corrections.

A jury found Edwards guilty of 2nd Degree Murder, a Class One Felony; and Aggravated Assault, a Class Three Felony.

In November 2022, the Pinal County Sheriff's Office was dispatched to the area of Fanner Drive and Ralston Road in Maricopa in reference to a multi-vehicle collision. One female, 21, was pronounced deceased after being ejected from a vehicle, while another man sustained severe injuries and was airlifted to Chandler Regional Hospital.

The driver of a Chrysler 300, identified as Edwards, admitted to deputies that she had been consuming alcohol and smoking marijuana prior to the crash, and her BAC was determined to be .13. The investigation showed Edwards was traveling 119 mph just before the crash, where the posted speed limit was 45 mph. Edwards slammed into the back of a Ford F-150, causing the truck to veer into oncoming traffic, where it struck another vehicle.

"This tragic case is yet another example of what can happen when you choose to drive impaired," said County Attorney Kent Volkmer after the guilty verdict. "Our thoughts are with the victim's family and friends and I hope everyone in our communities is ensuring they are safe and sober when behind the wheel.”

Deputy County Attorney Stephen Bridger prosecuted this case.

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Maricopa man sentenced to 10 years for Aggravated DUI

(FLORENCE, AZ) - A Maricopa man has been sentenced to a decade in prison for aggravated dui, and his third in the past 84 months.

On February 26th, 2024, Pinal County Superior Court Judge Daniel Washburn sentenced Ricard Diggs, 60, to 10 years in the Arizona Department of Corrections.

A jury found Diggs guilty of four counts of Aggravated DUI, including his third DUI within 84 months.

In September 2022, the Maricopa Police Department pulled over a vehicle that was traveling approximately 80mph in a 25mph residential area. The driver was identified as Diggs, and officers discovered he had a revoked driver’s license out of Colorado and is a Habitual Traffic Offender. The officer noted Diggs appeared impaired, and he also admitted to drinking alcohol. His BAC at the scene registered 0.11.

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Man Sentenced to Life in Prison for Murder of Ex-Girlfriend

(FLORENCE, AZ) - A man has been sentenced to natural life in prison for murdering his ex-girlfriend while she tried to call 911 for help.

On January 22nd, 2024, Pinal County Superior Court Judge Steven Fuller sentenced Ulises Cruz-Peraza, 36, to natural life in prison.

A jury found Cruz Peraza guilty of First Degree Murder, a Class One Felony, and Drive By Shooting, a Class Two Felony. The Court also found Cruz Peraza guilty of Interfering with Judicial Proceedings, a Class One Misdemeanor.

On May 1st, 2022, the Apache Junction Police Department responded to reports of a possible shooting. Dispatch also received a call that someone had been shot in a vehicle and it was later discovered one the 911 callers was the victim herself. Once officers arrived on scene, they located a woman injured inside the driver's seat of a Dodge Challenger that had several bullet holes along the driver side of the vehicle. The injured 28-year-old woman, who had been shot, was transported to the hospital where she was later pronounced deceased.

A witness told investigators she heard multiple gunshots and saw a man next to the Challenger. Police discovered the victim had filed an order of protection against Cruz Peraza, who was her ex-boyfriend.  On the 911 call, the victim mentioned "Ulises" hit her and a gunshot is heard. The victim reported she had been shot and that "he's killing me." Surveillance video showed a Kia Forte traveling near the shooting scene, and police discovered Cruz Peraza had a Kia Forte registered to him.

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Maricopa Woman Found Guilty of Murder in Multi-Vehicle Collision

FLORENCE, AZ (February 20th, 2024) - A Pinal County jury has found a Maricopa woman guilty for killing a woman and seriously injuring another man in a multi-vehicle collision that involved the defendant speeding in excess of 70 miles an hour over the limit.

On Friday, February 16th, 2024, a jury found Chelsea Edwards, 20, guilty of 2nd Degree Murder, a Class One Felony; and Aggravated Assault, a Class Three Felony.

In November 2022, the Pinal County Sheriff's Office was dispatched to the area of Fanner Drive and Ralston Road in Maricopa in reference to a multi-vehicle collision. One female, 21, was pronounced deceased after being ejected from a vehicle, while another man sustained severe injuries and was airlifted to Chandler Regional Hospital.

The driver of a Chrysler 300, identified as Edwards, admitted to deputies that she had been consuming alcohol and smoking marijuana prior to the crash, and her BAC was determined to be .13. The investigation showed Edwards was traveling 119 mph just before the crash, where the posted speed limit was 45 mph. Edwards slammed into the back of a Ford F-150, causing the truck to veer into oncoming traffic, where it struck another vehicle.

"This tragic case is yet another example of what can happen when you choose to drive impaired," said County Attorney Kent Volkmer. "Our thoughts are with the victim's family and friends and I hope everyone in our communities is ensuring they are safe and sober when behind the wheel."

Edwards is scheduled to be sentenced March 22nd.

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Man Sentenced to 218 Years in Prison for Sexual Abuse of Foster Child

FLORENCE, AZ (January 26th, 2024) - A former foster parent has been sentenced to 218 years flat time in prison for the sexual abuse of a child in his care.

On January 26th, 2024, Pinal County Superior Court Judge Jason Holmberg sentenced Francisco Medina, 53, to 218 years in the Arizona Department of Corrections.

A jury found Medina guilty of six counts of Sexual Conduct with a Minor under the age of 15, all Class Two Felonies and Dangerous Crimes Against Children, and Molestation of a Child, also a Class Two Felony and Dangerous Crime Against Children.

"I hope this outcome gives the victim some small amount of closure and helps her in healing," said County Attorney Kent Volkmer. "I can't fathom what she's had to deal with, but I admire her strength and courage to hold her perpetrator accountable."

In 2020, the Tucson Police Department spoke to the victim, who is now an adult, related to past reports of sexual abuse by Medina when the victim and Medina lived in Casa Grande. The victim disclosed that she was a foster child in Medina’s care from 1996-1997, when she was around the age of eight or nine. The victim told investigators Medina entered her room at night on multiple occasions and sexually abused her.

Medina is already serving multiple life sentences in the Arizona Department of Corrections related to more than a dozen counts of Sexual Conduct with a Minor of varying degrees in Pima County. That case also involved a separate child in Medina’s care.

“Medina committed the worst kind of betrayal. Rather than providing comfort and love for these little girls entrusted to his care, he repeatedly sexually abused them,” said Deputy County Attorney Lauren Deakin.  “The strength and courage they demonstrated by coming forward to law enforcement and then testifying during two trials - here and in Pima County - is admirable. My prayer is that the trial process has been empowering for both survivors, and that they know just how loved and supported they are.”

At sentencing Friday, the victim addressed the court and detailed the significant emotional hardship she has endured as a result of the abuse. She called Medina “pure evil” and credited the support of family and friends.

Medina’s sentence will run consecutively to his sentence in Pima County.

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San Tan Valley man sentenced to 20 years for possessing sexually explicit images of children

FLORENCE, AZ - A San Tan Valley man has been sentenced to two decades in prison for possessing sexually explicit images of children.

On November 29th, 2023, Pinal County Superior Court Judge Daniel Washburn sentenced Matthew Haag, 48, to 20 years flat time in the Arizona Department of Corrections, followed by two terms of lifetime probation.

Haag pled guilty to Sexual Exploitation of a Minor, a Class Two Felony and Dangerous Crime Against Children, and two counts of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor in the Second Degree, Class Three Felonies and Preparatory Dangerous Crimes Against Children.

In January 2022, the Phoenix Police Department received a cybertip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children alleging Haag had uploaded multiple sexually explicit images of children. The images were reviewed and confirmed to be child sexual abuse material. Investigators obtained a search warrant for the internet service provider and identified Haag as the person living at the address. In March 2022, law enforcement conducted a residential search warrant at Haag’s home and retrieved various electronic devices, upon which they located thousands of images and videos of child sexual exploitation as well as videos depicting Haag as he was viewing these videos for sexual stimulation.

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Maricopa man sentenced to 18 years in deadly rollover crash

FLORENCE, AZ - A Maricopa man has been sentenced to 18 years in prison for the death of a woman who was in his vehicle when it crashed at a high rate of speed.

On November 21st, 2023, Pinal County Superior Court Judge Danielle Harris sentenced Christian Galindo, 25, to 18 years in the Arizona Department of Corrections, followed by five years of supervised probation.

Galindo pled guilty to Manslaughter, a Class Two Felony and Aggravated Assault, a Class Three Felony.

In February 2022, a Department of Public Safety trooper spotted a speeding vehicle northbound along State Route 347. Initial estimates put the vehicle at traveling more than 30 miles per hour over the speed limit. The trooper headed in the vehicle’s direction and eventually came upon the vehicle which had undergone a rollover crash. Galindo was in the driver’s seat and had sustained injury. One of the passengers in the vehicle, Vanity Chavez, 19, was transported to Chandler Regional Medical Center, where she was pronounced deceased. A blood draw on Galindo at the hospital showed he was impaired and had alcohol in his system.

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