Tonalea man gets prison for assaulting tribal police officer
PHOENIX (AP) — A Tonalea man has been sentenced to more than two years in federal prison for assaulting a Navajo Nation police officer.
Federal prosecutors say 30-year-old Randell William Lane got a 26-month prison term Monday.
He also was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Phoenix to three years of supervised release.
Lane previously pleaded guilty to assault on a federal officer.
Authorities say a tribal police officer tried to arrest Lane on March 12 but he resisted, ran to his vehicle and grabbed a machete.
After the officer persuaded Lane to drop the machete, Lane reportedly lunged at the officer.
A struggle ensued with Lane trying to take the officer’s gun.
Lane was arrested after a second police officer arrived on the scene.