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    5 get prison sentences in 2016 murder of a Fort Defiance man

    November 9, 2018

    PHOENIX (AP) — Five people have been sentenced to federal prison terms for their involvement in the 2016 murder of a Fort Defiance man.

    Prosecutors say 37-year-old Loren Wauneka of Fort Defiance received a 137-month prison sentence for voluntary manslaughter while 39-year-old Lisa Benally got a 97-month prison term.

    They say 34-year-old Cameron Jones of Wide Ruins, 27-year-old Eric Cornfield of Fort Defiance and 27-year-old Mick Hubbard got prison sentences ranging from 27 months to 60 months for their involvement in the murder.

    Wauneka was accused of fatally assaulting the victim with a baseball bat in January 2016.

    Benally, Jones and Cornfield allegedly helped roll the victim’s body in a rug afterward.

    Prosecutors say Hubbard, Jones, Benally and Cornfield all failed to notify law enforcement after the victim died of blunt-force injuries.

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