9/11 message on 20-year mark

FLORENCE – 20 years ago, thousands of Americans lost their lives in the horrific terror attacks on September 11th, 2001.

County Attorney Kent Volkmer has the following message as the country remembers the events and lives lost on 9/11.

Good Samaritan Drug Law

Reminder: Arizona has a Good Samaritan drug law that can help save lives. The statute protects victims of overdose as well as those who call for medical help while present during an overdose.

According to the Arizona Department of Health Services, there have been more than 9,800 suspected Opioid deaths statewide since June 2017.

During a drug-induced overdose, time is of the essence. Do not be afraid to call for help.

Below is a message from County Attorney Kent Volkmer.

Poster Contest Winner’s Class Participates in Science Field Trip

FLORENCE, Ariz. (May 21, 2019) – Thirty-one sixth grade students at City of Maricopa’s Legacy Traditional School accompanied six parents and a teacher to the Arizona Science Center.  County Attorney Kent Volkmer joined the students as they went through the exhibits.  Students in Mrs. Arney’s class were awarded the trip after their very talented classmate Angela Lawson won Pinal County Attorney’s Office Anti-Drug Poster Contest.

“We enjoyed our day of learning at the Science Center. It was a great ending to a wonderful year with students. We have laughed, learned, cried and become a family,” Mrs. Arney said.

Lawson said her favorite section was the Forces of Nature exhibit at the science center. Mrs. Arney said she enjoyed the Mummies Exhibit since her class learns about Ancient Egypt and reads the book The Golden Goblet.  However, other students said they enjoyed the virtual reality section, and an exhibit where students measure their brain activity called Mind Ball.

Sixth grade students in Pinal County were given a month to create a poster with an anti-drug theme. The students had one month to create a design that educates and engages Pinal’s youth on the importance of being drug-free.

For more information on Pinal County Attorney’s Office visit our website at: https://pinalcountyattorney.org/.

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19-Year-Old Sentenced for First-Degree Murder

FLORENCE, Ariz. (March 18, 2019) – On March 15, 2019, Nathaniel Maldonado was sentenced to 25 years in prison with the possibility of parole for first-degree felony murder. Additionally, Maldonado will serve a concurrent sentence of 7.5 years in prison for an attempted armed robbery that took place at the same time.

On May 13, 2017, 17-year-old Maldonado met with 20-year-old Tyran Simmons, Jr. Maldonado shot Simmons five times after robbing him. The defendant left the scene of the crime with co-defendant Gloria Alvarez. A concerned neighbor followed the two suspects to a nearby home and called law enforcement. When Pinal County Sheriff’s Office arrived on scene, they found a weapon inside the house along with blood-stained clothes. Investigators linked the evidence to the crime. PCSO arrested both Maldonado and Alvarez.

The co-defendant, Alvarez, plead guilty to armed robbery and hindering prosecution. She testified during Maldonado’s trial that the defendant said he intended to rob the victim of marijuana. Alvarez said she drove the defendant to and from the scene of the crime, waiting for Maldonado while he was with Simmons. During the investigation, social media revealed the defendant and the victim made contact over messaging before the incident.

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